TULSA -- A man was arrested Monday on a count of child neglect after officials said he lived at a home in a disgusting home with his children.
The man, Wayne Allen, lived in the home with his 12 and 14 year old children.
Officers said when they responded to the home in the 1300 block of North Boston, they were met with an "overwhelming" odor of urine and feces. Officers said it was difficult to remain inside the home due to the odor of ammonia from the amount of the urine.
"It may have been unappealing to them, but it was not noticed by me and my children I guess because we have been around it for so long," Allen said from inside of the David L Moss Correctional Facility.
Officers said the kitchen floor was covered in animal feces, old food and what appeared to be animal hair. Court documents said the bedrooms of the home were also covered in feces.
"Based on certain people's descriptions, it would have been deemed a health hazard," Allen said. "In my opinion, it wasn't a health hazard. We were all living there co-existing. We were all healthy. There was no issues of unhealth."
Court documents said the oven did not appear to be operational, a door to one of the rooms was not secured to the hinges and there was no toilet or sink, and the bathtub did not work.
Officers began investigating the case in late May, after the children reached out to officers, and said they were living in a home without running water and they had to use the bathroom in buckets.
"It was similar to having an outhouse due to the fact that there was no toilet facility because it had been broken," Allen said.
He said the issues in the home had been going on for about ten months but said he had contacted someone to fix it.
Allen blamed his children for the condition of his home, and said they lied about completing their chores, according to court documents.
"Instead of me beating them and spanking them to make them do what they should do, I tried to talk them into doing it. It didn't work," Allen said.
He said he gave up his rights to his children after police went to his home. Police said the children were given to family members.
Allen said he does not deserve to be in jail.
"The truth of the matter is I'm not rich," Allen said. "Matter of fact, I'm a little bit beneath poor in my opinion, but I try my best to provide with what I've got."
He was arrested on one count of child neglect. His bail was set at $25,000.
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