JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three children are in protective custody after they were found wandering down a local road.
Someone called police Sunday afternoon, after seeing three young children walking alone down San Diego Road in Spring Park. The man police say was supposed to be watching the children, Lanard Bell, was arrested. Police say he didn't report the children missing until three hours after they were picked up by investigators.
When officers showed up at Bell's home, they say the home was a mess, with dirty diapers and spoiled food all over the floor. Investigators say they also found drugs and drug paraphernalia inside the home.
JSO says the children's mother left them in Bell's care while she was in the hospital.
Bell is facing child neglect, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.