A Tulsa, Oklahoma man and his wife have been arrested by police after a maintenance man found their four year-old daughter locked in a closet. The man, 26-year-old Darren Nashburn, said that he locked his daughter in the closet because she was throwing things and because he didn't want to be distracted while playing video games.
Tulsa Police told NewsOn6 that a "maintenance man was doing a routine check at an apartment in the 1600 block of West 59th Street." When he knocked and no one answered he let himself in and noticed a bench placed against a closet door he was there to fix. When he opened the door he found a baby girl in a pile of clothes inside the closet. He immediately dialed 911.
"We're not the parenting police, but when it becomes a dangerous situation, that's when we get involved and we have to do something to make sure the children are safe," said Danielle Bishop with the Tulsa Police.
"When he opened the door to start dismantling it, he observed a child inside the closet covered with clothing," Bishop added.
Officers said Nashburn told police he uses the closet as a "time out location."
"She was actually barricaded in the closet. It wasn't just the door was shut. She was barricaded to where she could not get out," said Bishop.
The three children in the apartment (ages 5, 4 and 1) were "filthy," according to police, trash was all over the floors, and two beds were infested with bed bugs.
All three children in the custody of the Department of Human Services, and Nashburn's wife Melissa was also arrested.
The couple was booked into the Tulsa County jail on a child neglect complaint. Both are being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond each. They are set for a court appearance on February 4, 2014.