Authorities said they arrested a 33-year-old man after police found five malnourished children living in squalid conditions at a far northeast Dallas apartment Tuesday afternoon.
Officers were called to a home in the 9600 block of Walnut Street, near Audelia Road, at about 2:20 p.m. after someone reported hearing a baby crying for a long time.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, John Moton yelled, "What do you want?" through the door after officers knocked and turned the doorknob. He then told officers there were five children inside and everything was OK.
When Moton did open the door, officers could saw the apartment was filthy and reeked of feces, the affidavit stated. They could see four children, but when Moton was asked about the fifth, he came outside and shut the door behind him.
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Police said Moton would not identify himself or any of the children, and he went in and out of the apartment several times. The third time, the affidavit said, he walked out carrying a child.