Children left alone when suspect flees


A Brewton man, already the subject of a felony arrest warrant, was further charged with leaving two children alone in the East Brewton house from which he apparently fled to avoid arrest.

According to Escambia County Sheriff’s Office reports, deputies were sent to 402 Victory Street shortly after midnight last Wednesday (May 31) to arrest 24-year-old Timothy Tyrone Dees, for whom a felony warrant on unspecified charges had been issued.

Lawmen didn’t find Dees at the house, but did discover an infant and a toddler who had been left alone inside the dwelling. Reports did not specify how long the children remained unattended.

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Lambert reported that ECSO officers “located two small children, one approximately 6 months old and the other approximately 15 months old. One was on the bed, and the other on a pallet on the floor.” No one else was located inside or outside the residence, Lambert said.

Lambert said sheriff’s deputies contacted Department of Human Resources supervisors, and DHR personnel eventually learned that the mother of the children was working at a nearby business and immediately took custody of them. The investigation led to the determination that, according to the mother, Dees was supposed to have been at the residence, watching the children.

Authorities believe the careless caretaker took off after learning that ECSO and East Brewton officers had learned that he was at the local residence.
Dees was eventually located, taken into custody without incident and charged with two counts of torture or willful abuse of a child under the age of 18. The charge is a Class C felony.

According to an employee of the Escambia County Detention Center’s booking and release division, he was released after a $10,000 bond was posted in his behalf.

The investigation continued this week as ECSO investigators, Alabama Department of Human Resources personnel and District Attorney Steve Billy’s office worked jointly on the case.