LOGAN COUNTY, Okla. - A deputy checking on registered sex offenders made a surprising discovery.
It was just before noon on Tuesday when a 2-year-old boy was found wandering around by himself near Charter Oak Rd. and Santa Fe Trail, only wearing pajama bottoms and a diaper.
Nearly an hour later, the boy's parents called 911, looking for their toddler.
"After a fairly extensive search for the parents, one of the parents did finally call in to report that his child was missing," said Det. Greg Valencia with the Logan County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies arrived at the family's mobile home in Edmond to speak with the boy's parents, and that's when they noticed something was out-of-place.
"After entering the house, they detected an odor of marijuana," Valencia said.
Inside, investigators found a candle jar full of marijuana, various pipes and other objects.
On Wednesday, after obtaining a search warrant, investigators went back to the home and found a grow house with more than 12 marijuana plants.
Officials arrested Joshua and Megan Bates for child endangerment and drug charges.
The couple's three kids are now in DHS protective custody.
"This child was allowed to walk out of the house and get more than 1,000 feet from the residence unsupervised at all," Valencia said. "The other hazard is chemicals and things in the house that the children could get a hold of.”