8/27/2013 3:16:00 PM Prescott Valley Police find toddlers in apartment with dead father
Courtesy PVPD Police say two toddlers had been throwing items off the balcony of their Prescott Valley apartment for hours on Sunday, August 25.
Prescott Valley Tribune
Prescott Valley Police responding to a call Sunday evening about children throwing items off a balcony in an apartment building found the youngsters' father had died.
Police received the call at about 6:49 p.m., said police spokesman Brandon Bonney. The callers reported that two children, ages three and two, had been throwing items from their second story balcony for hours. The caller said they believed the father was asleep in the residence.
When officers arrived they were unable to get the children to open the door, Bonney said. Officers were able to make entry through a window and checked on the children and the residence. They located the children's 31-year-old father deceased.
Bonney said police believed the children fed themselves fruit snacks, but did not know why they were throwing items from the balcony. The items thrown were bottles of water, cans, knives and other miscellaneous items.
There is no indication that anyone knocked on the front door to get the children assistance or to contact the parent, Bonney said.
The cause and manner of death are under investigation. Bonney said it appears drugs could have contributed to the father's death. The children are in the care of Child Protective Services.
Prescott Valley Police caution people that if they see something suspicious, to call officers. Bonney said it is possible the children were in the apartment with their deceased father for most of the day.