Police: Drunk man let 5-year-olds run loose outside motel

(Tennessean.com) - Police arrested a man this weekend after they found two 5-year-olds he was supposed to be watching running in the street outside a Goodlettsville motel.

Witnesses told police the kids were holding up their middle fingers at passing drivers outside the America's Best Value Inn on Rivergate Parkway. When an officer arrived, he followed the children to their room, where the door was open.

The officer found Dustin King, 28, asleep on the sofa with an almost-empty bottle of vodka next to him, according to an arrest warrant. King cursed when the officer tried to wake him.

An 8-month-old baby with a dirty diaper was strapped into a car seat inside.

When he finally woke up, King said he couldn't take care of the children, according to the warrant. He was arrested and charged with three counts of child neglect.

Police called the Department of Children's Service and the children's mother.

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