arrested on murder complaints after his two children die in
locked vehicle, police say
A man was
arrested on complaints of murder after his two children died
after being left in a locked vehicle for several hours Saturday
afternoon, police said.
Dustin Dennis, 31, was arrested
and booked into the Tulsa County jail on Saturday night on two
complaints of second-degree murder.
Dennis told police he
drove to a convenience store about noon Saturday with his two
children then returned home with the children in his truck,
according to an arrest and booking report.
detectives he passed out and was asleep for four to five hours,
and could not locate the children when he woke up.
told authorities he eventually located the children on the
floorboard of the truck and that they were dead. He told
authorities he brought the children's bodies into the house.
A neighbor had video showing Dennis exiting the vehicle and
locking it before going into his house, without removing the
children from the vehicle, the report said.
high temperature was 94 degrees, according to the National
There were no other children in the
residence in the 1700 block of East 61st Street South, and the
mother does not live in Tulsa, police said.
arrested without incident and booked into the jail. He was being
held on $1 million bond.
Mother Speaks After Children Found Dead In Hot Vehicle
Sunday, June 14th 2020, 11:10 pm
By: Amelia Mugavero
TULSA, Okla. - **Update** Dustin Dennis has been released
from jail after surveillance video confirmed that the children
managed to get into the truck on their own. **
says her biggest question now is "why."
children, four-year-old Tegan and three-year-old Ryan, were
everything to her.
"A lot of hurt knowing that I won't
be able to hold my babies again," Trent said.
hasn’t stopped crying after the deaths of her babies.
won't get to touch or hold them,” Trent said. “And not being
able to tuck them in at night or give them kisses is killing me
Tulsa police said the children died in
their father's truck Saturday night after being locked inside
for over five hours. Police said Dustin Dennis claims he
"removed the children from the vehicle and a short time later,
passed out and was asleep for four to five hours."
Authorities were able to use surveillance video from neighbors
to identify Dennis.
Dennis was in jail facing two counts
of second-degree murder but was released on Monday after
surveillance video confirmed that the children managed to get
into the truck on their own.
Trent said she and Dennis,
her ex-boyfriend, had equal custody of the children.
Trent said the children loved their father and never had any
issues with his parenting. Trent was scheduled to have the
children this week, but Dennis begged to have the children this
"If I had just been mean and said, ‘No, no, you
can't have them,’ none of this would've happened,” Trent said.
“They would've been safe at home. I feel like it’s my fault.”
Tulsa Country District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said it
feels like déjà vu with the deaths of toddlers Tony and Miracle
Crook, the two toddlers who were found unresponsive last month.
The Crook toddlers were laid to rest Saturday morning.
"The first thought that went through my head was, ‘Here we go
again,’ Kunzweiler said. “And think about those first responders
and they’re having to deal with a situation like this. I can’t
imagine having been here within the last month desperately
trying to find the two children who are missing and now we’re at
a new another scene with two other children."
Mark Kraft with the TPD Child Crisis Unit urges the public to be
more watchful of other people's children and to report peculiar
"When the Crook children went missing, so many
people saw those children out alone and all that it would’ve
taken was one person to call," Kraft said. “That’s all it takes:
one person to call.”
Trent wants to know why her babies
are never coming back home.
"If I was to see Dustin
right now, I would be 'why?' Those were our babies!” Trent said.
“They were supposed to be the top priority. They were supposed
to be everything. He took away so much. He took everything.”
Trent described Tegan as sassy and loved to dance while Ryan
loved to swim and ride horses.
The only comfort Trent
has right now is they were together when they died.
There is a GoFundMe that was set up by the family to pay for the
children’s funeral expenses. You can donate here.
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