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Man Charged After 2 Kids Are Found Covered With Ants in Trash Container: Cops

(Dothan PD via Facebook) (Dothan PD via Facebook)

Cops in Alabama have arrested a man they say locked two children with the trash at an apartment building.

The two children were the subjects of a welfare check early Sunday and were discovered covered in ants in a trash bin.

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Police were also at the building in search of a man, identified as 25-year-old Lorenzo McCullough, "who was suicidal and was threatening harm to the two children ages 2 and 4," according to a statement from Dothan police.

Investigators say they located McCullough, but he fled when they attempted to speak with him. "McCullough ran into the back door of another apartment and was found hiding in a closet," cops said.

At that point, the children’s whereabouts were unknown. Authorities canvassed the area looking for them with the help of a police K-9 and a bloodhound.

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The children were found at 2 a.m. in the "brick waste container area" and were taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

McCullough has been charged with two counts of torture or willful abuse of a child under 18, attempting to elude law enforcement officers, and unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle.

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