COPPERAS COVE (March 6, 2013)--A Copperas Cove man was named in an indictment charging abandoning or endangering a child for allowing a toddler to be exposed to fire ants outside a Copperas Cove home last October.
Danny Wayne Osborn, 23, was arrested Oct. 7, 2012 but shortly after he was booked into the Coryell County Jail posted an $8,000 bond and was released.
According to an arrest affidavit, police found Osborn's son outside crying, bug-bitten and covered in ants.
A neighbor said she called 911 after she found the 20-month-old toddler wearing a dirty diaper crying near the home.
The neighbor also said the little boy was burning up and still had ants crawling on him.
Osborn told police he had been inside the home sleeping for hours and that the toddler's mother was not home.
Neighbors and paramedics said they were unable to awaken Osborn when they found him sleeping inside the house.
Police believe the child left the house through the back door, which was unlocked.