On June 16, 2020, Tulsa police say there are no formal charges at this time after two children were found inside a locked truck for five hours Saturday. Dustin Dennis was released from the Tulsa Jail without charges. Video surveillance footage from a neighbor’s home confirmed that the children managed to get into the truck and tragically never got out. The constitution guarantees the presumption of innocence for any person accused of or arrested for a crime. That presumption of innocence remains until and unless a judge or jury determines otherwise. Source: Fox23
Police arrested 31-year-old Dustin Lee Denis on Sunday after he allegedly left his two children inside his locked truck for five hours, according to Fox23. The news outlet report that Dennis is now facing two counts of second-degree murder. According to reports, Dennis had driven his truck to a local Quicktrip gas station with his children riding along, sometime around midday on Sunday. After returning home, the police said that Dennis then took a nap between four and five hours. Once he woke up, the man said that he could not find his children. Fox 23 reports that Dennis told authorities that he discovered his children curled up on the floorboard of his truck. He moved them to the living room before or after calling 911.
Once paramedics arrived at the home, they pronounced both children dead. The children were identified as a three-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl, according to newson6.
“#BREAKING: from TPD: -Father in custody for second degree homicide. -Kids 3 and 4, male (3) and female (4) -Kids died from being left in a hot car. -Dustin lee Dennis is the father -Officers beloved kids were left for 5 hours with temperatures reaching triple digits.”
“A neighbor had video of Dennis leaving, then locking his truck and going inside without getting the children out,” the arrest report states. “The children had not been checked on for nearly five hours during the time they were locked inside the vehicle.”
According to KidsAndCars.org, over 940 kids have died in hot cars around the country since 1990. The interior of vehicles traps in heat, which causes inside temperatures to rise very fast. According to KJRH, Dustin Lee Dennis was booked at the Tusla County Jail, where he’s was being held on a $1 million bond. However, as of Sunday, that amount was reportedly reduced to $750,000.
At this time, it is unknown if the children had any underlying medical issues, but the medical examiner is still trying to determine the cause of death. You can also watch a news report about this tragic story in the above video.