OKLAHOMA CITY -- A woman has been arrested after police said her 4-month-old son was left alone in his northwest Oklahoma City home for nearly 12 hours.
Police first arrived to this neighborhood Sunday night after 28-year-old Taris Gibbs reported her child was missing; it was only after they found out where the child was, and why he was missing, that Gibbs was arrested.
Holding his 4-month-old, Richard Nix said he panicked when he got a call saying his son was home alone, unattended.
"It was more of helplessness, more feeling like there's nothing I can do about it. My son is in harms way and there's nothing I can do about it," Nix said.
Helpless because he was out-of-town on business.
He said he left baby Zaine with Gibbs, his girlfriend and the infant's mother.
Police said, instead of watching the baby, she had a party Saturday night.
Investigators said Gibbs passed out after putting the baby down in his bed around 10:30 p.m.
Investigators say it's a case of child neglect they see far too often.
"It's an unfortunate fact of life that there are people out there who don't take care of their children and at times like that we have to step in," OKC Police MSgt. Gary Knight said.
Authorities tell us Gibbs didn't wake up from the party until 5:30 p.m. Sunday and reported the child missing.
What she didn't know is that her ex-husband came by and found her incoherent on the floor before noon.
"He went and checked on the baby to make sure he was OK and immediately called me," Nix said.
Nix sent Zaine's babysitter, Christa Sanders, to pick up the baby.
"I don't understand why someone would do that. They're your child. That's your focus," Sanders said.
The baby is in Sanders' care until the Department of Human Services finishes its investigation.
"I had no idea. I knew she loved her son and I didn't expect her to prefer one thing over her son," Nix said.