Toddler found in drainage ditch during storm in Antlers

ANTLERS, Okla. (KXII) -- A 2-year-old boy was found in a drainage ditch in an Antlers neighborhood Saturday afternoon covered in bug bites and mud during a storm.

"And noticed what I thought was a baby doll," said Antlers Police Officer Keith Capps, who was patrolling through southeast Antlers that day.

He said he was checking for possible storm debris in the road until…

"Caught movement out of the corner of my eye and that's when I realized it was a small child," Capps said.

So he got out and picked him up, a 2-year-old boy in a ditch, about two feet from the drainage portion that goes underneath the street.

"Covered in mud, grass, normal debris that you would find in a drainage ditch," Capps said.

Capps said the boy didn't talk.

"There was some crying, some pointing, some moaning," he said.

He told dispatch to call EMS and Child Protective Services.

The child was taken to Pushmataha Hospital, where he was treated that night.

Capps said he is okay, but his body was covered in welts.

"Ant bites, other bites that can't be released at this time due to the other investigation," Capps said.

The child's mother told us off camera that one of their other kids let the toddler out of the door.

She said he was playing in the water from the storms, and that he was only outside for about six minutes.

Capps said according to the Tulsa National Weather Service, it had been raining since about 3 p.m. with winds gusting up to 15 miles per hour.

"It's not every day you drive down the street and see a child in a ditch," Capps said.

Antlers Police is working with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services in the investigation.

A hearing is set for Tuesday afternoon.

Capps can't comment on whether the boy's parents were home at the time.

He plans to give reports to the district attorney's office in the morning for child neglect charges against four adults involved in the case.