|Man, 38, accused of leaving roommate’s boys unattended|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Jan. 10, 2007 - Police took a 38-year-old Sulphur Springs man into custody for leaving his roommate's two young children locked in a bedroom while he went out of town early this morning.
Jeffery Ray Julian Jr. was arrested at 2:33 a.m. at his Carter Street residence for abandoning or endangering a child. He was arraigned midmorning Wednesday with bond set at $5,000. He had been released by 11 a.m. on a personal recognizance bond, according to jail reports.
Officers went to his Carter Street residence at 1:33 a.m. when his roommate reported being locked out of the house for an extended period of time.
The 26-year-old woman told police she had been in Oklahoma earlier in the day, and left her two boys, ages 5 and 8, in the care of her roommate, Julian. When she returned home at 12:45 this morning, no one appeared to be at home, and she was unable to get in the house. She assumed Julian had left the house, taking her children with them, according to offense reports.
However, police were unable to verify that the woman was a valid resident, and offered to take her somewhere else to wait for Julian. While en route to the alternate
destination, the woman pointed out a car she said was her roommate's.
Police followed the car to Carter Street, where Julian was identified as the roommate. When asked, Julian told police he didn’t have the children, that he left them in his house. He said he had gone to pick up a friend, and left the children unattended, according to arrest reports. The friend Julian picked up was found to live in Aubrey, reports state.
Officers asked and were allowed inside the house, which they noted to have very few furnishings, and that trash and medicine containers strewn about. The children were in a bedroom, which Julian had to retrieve a key to unlock. The boys were asleep and appeared to be OK.
The children were returned to their mother, and Julian was arrested.
Based on a preliminary investigation of the incident, police were not pursuing charges against the mother, who appeared to have in good trust left the children with what she believed to be a responsible adult, authorities said.