Newkirk, Okla., man arrested on suspicion of child endangerment
Police respond July 5 to incident in the 1100 block of North Second Street
A Newkirk, Oklahoma, man was arrested July 5 by the Arkansas City Police Department in connection with an endangered child in northwest Arkansas City.
Jeffrey Lee Balthrop, 46, was arrested on suspicion of endangering a child.
He was transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail in Winfield in lieu of $1,000 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City.
Balthrop since has posted bond and been released.
A defendant’s guilt or innocence is to be determined by a court of law.
Police responded about 5 p.m. July 5 for a report of a small child who had been abandoned at Pershing Park, 1100 N. Second St.
The child had been found by other children playing in the park. After some time had passed, the 4-year-old girl followed the older children as they returned home.
An adult at one of the children’s homes saw the 4-year-old and contacted law enforcement. The child was taken into protective police custody.
The young girl — who also had minor injuries to her face, legs and back — showed signs of exposure due to extreme heat. The heat index at the time she was found was 111 degrees.
Law enforcement officers made numerous attempts to locate the 4-year-old’s parents, but were unsuccessful.
Eventually, her father, later identified as Balthrop, came to the Arkansas City Police Department after she already had been in protective police custody for a period of time.
The child remained in protective custody and Balthrop was taken into custody by police.
Any witnesses to this incident are asked to call (620) 441-4444 and report any further information.
Those wishing to remain anonymous may contact Cowley County Crime Stoppers, which offers rewards of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest.
An anonymous tip also can be submitted by texting ACTIPS to 847411.