Child found in storage bucket saved by a phone call made to DHS and police persistence
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) - A six-year-old boy is safe and he's had medical care, because someone cared enough to make a call to the Oklahoma Department of Human Service.
That person reported the child was being mistreated by his guardians, so DHS called in the Tulsa Police Department and people from both departments went looking for him.
The result was that 34-year old Tonya Greer and 32-year old Steven Adams being arrested for child neglect and obstruction of justice.
They are both being held in the David Moss Correctional Center on bonds of $25,500 each.
When the search for the suspects started, officers went to their listed address near 21st and Olympia on the west side.
When they were nowhere to be found, the police put their investigative software to work and tracked them to an apartment at Parkview Terrace Apartments near 61st & Union.
The tenant of the apartment is an acquaintance of the couple and that person allowed them to search the home.
Sgt. Shane Tuell said it didn't take long to find them.
"Officers did go upstairs find that the two guardians were hiding in the room covered by sheets and bedding and claimed to have no knowledge of where the child was," Tuell said.
The child was discovered when officer heard him moaning.
He was hidden in a storage bucket and covered with so much plastic he was having a difficult time breathing.
Investigators said he visible injuries that are not consistent with an accident.
"There were bruises all over his body, and swelling to the head from an injury," Tuell said.
While the child will be okay, they took him for immediate medical care.
The child is now in DHS custody and the investigation of the case is still underway.