Man Arrested after Son Found Living Under Trailer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) - A North Texas man is accused of making his 12-year-old son live outside because the boy wouldn't follow his rules.

Thirty-eight-year-old Paul Scott Schmidtke was arrested Sunday and charged with endangering a child. He was released from the Johnson County jail this week on $100,000 bond.

Johnson County deputies went to the home near Cleburne after receiving reports that a boy had been living outside at least four days and nights. They reported finding the child under a dilapidated travel trailer. They boy was covered with fleas and insect bites.

The boy told authorities that he drank from a water hose and was fed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which made him sick.

Authorities are pursuing charges against the boy's stepmother.

The boy was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

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