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Man arrested for locking children in with trash cans

Lorenzo McCullough
Trash bin area where children were found
Posted at 7:22 AM, Apr 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-25 07:22:00-04

A Dothan man is in jail after police there said they found two small children locked in a waste container area, covered in ants.

Police arrested Lorenzo McCullogh, 25, Saturday night after receiving a tip that McCullogh was suicidal and threatening to harm the children, who are ages 2 and 4.

When police arrived to McCullogh's apartment on Alabama Avenue, neither he nor the children were there.

More than an hour later, around 12:15 a.m., police said they saw McCullogh walking and stopped him to talk. They said McCullogh ran away and was found hiding in another apartment's closet a short time later.

Police, firefighters and Houston County deputies joined in a search for the two children and found them around 2 a.m., locked inside a brick waste container at Johnson Homes. Both children were covered with ants.

The children were taken to a hospital for treatment.

McCullogh was charged with two counts of torture or abuse of a child under 18, attempting to elude police and unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle. 

He is being held without bond.