FOUR brothers discovered “abandoned” in a filthy, faeces-covered apartment were never taught to SPEAK and all called each other “Robert” as they didn’t know their own names, cops say.
The siblings had “limited contact” with the outside world – and didn’t even realise there was a malnourished puppy kept inside an excrement-filled cupboard nearby.
Fox4 Dad Robert Preston has been arrested in Dallas
The boys’ dad, Robert Preston, 31, has been arrested and charged with child endangerment.
He allegedly left a two-year-old, three-year-old twins and a five-year-old alone in a filthy and unfurnished apartment in Dallas.
When the police tried to speak with the children, they used facial expressions, gestures and screams to communicate with each other, and referred to each other as “Robert”, says Fox 4.
They were reportedly unable to tell officers their own names, and the only thing the four-year-old could say was “get dog”.
According to the Associated Press, investigators said the boys seemed to communicate using “gesturing and screams”.
Preston was arrested on Saturday and charged with four counts of child endangerment after a neighbour found one of the twins wandering around in the cold, wearing just a t-shirt and one shoe, reports Fox 4 News.
His arrest affidavit says that Preston approached officers while they were speaking with the concerned neighbour, and asked them if they’d found his son.
The kitchen sink was about to overflow with stagnant water that smelled like a dead animal [and] old food was floating in the water. Dallas police officer
When cops told him he had outstanding warrants – and put him in the squad car – Preston apparently advised them they should check on the other three children in his apartment.
He told officers he’d gone to the store to buy food for them, and had only left them alone for about 10-15 minutes.
When cops entered the apartment – which was unlocked – they noticed the oven was on.
And the other three boys were sitting on the floor, as there were no tables or furniture.
Cops said the apartment “reeked of faeces, and the toilets of both bathrooms did not appear to have been flushed in weeks, even though the water in the apartment was in working order.
“The kitchen sink was about to overflow with stagnant water that smelled like a dead animal; old food was floating in the water and the water had become opaque.”
The police officers then discovered a small malnourished puppy inside a faeces-filled cupboard.
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The animal’s ribs and hip bones were protruding, and it had no access to either food or water, cops said.
Apparently the children reacted as if they’d never seen the puppy before, and they ran around and screamed after the cops rescued it from the cupboard.
Preston is being held in Dallas County Jail. Court records show he’s also charged with a probation violation, for which no bond is allowed.
A version of this article first appeared on Fox 4 News.
Fox4 Cops say Preston’s home reeked of faeces
KXAS The children were discovered inside the home in south Dallas