SPRINGTOWN (CBSDFW.COM) – Parker County Sheriff’s Deputies are searching for four suspects who fled from police and abandoned a small child in Springtown Tuesday.
Department spokeswoman Danie Huffman said deputies observed a “suspicious vehicle” shortly after 11 p.m. driving along Highland Court. When authorities began to follow the vehicle, Huffman said the truck fled.
The driver of the vehicle and its passengers abandoned the truck in a private drive in the 100 block of Highland Court and fled the scene on foot, leaving a sleeping four-year-old boy in the backseat.
Deputies searched the area and called the owner of the vehicle, who said she loaned to the truck to the suspects that night. They hadn’t returned it to the owner.
The child was identified and the mother was contacted. While en-route to get the child, Huffman said the woman was arrested by another out-of-county law enforcement agency for outstanding warrants.
The child is now in the custody of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Huffman said.
The Parker County Sheriff’s Department has filed charges against the child’s father, Darik Robert Kahler, 22, of Ardmore, Okla., and the other passengers in the truck: Springtown resident Timothy Wayne Russell Jr., 30,; James Allen Russell, 29, also of Springtown; and Jessica Newman, 23, of Azle.
All are charged with abandoning/endangering a child without intent to return.