By: Shelley Bortz
BRADDOCK (KDKA) – The father of three small children is facing charges after his children were found at home all by themselves.READ MORE: Man Gets Up To 20 Years In Father's Murder
The chief of police in Braddock says the children, ages 2, 3 and 4, are safe tonight but what happened is unacceptable.
Police Chief Guy Collins said it all started with a 911 call around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
Dispatch could not make contact with anyone but heard loud noises in the background so officers were sent to the home for a welfare check.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming?
Once they arrived, they found three small children home alone.
The officers waited roughly 15 minutes before they took the children to the police station.
Collins said about 25 minutes later, the father, Stewart Townsend, called the station to report his children missing.
“At which time we informed him that they were down here and we requested that he come down here and he refused,” Collins explained. “We requested the mother and she refused. This went on for about 15 minutes, he kept calling back with excuses of where he was and why he wasn’t home. End result, he never came down.”MORE NEWS: 4-Vehicle Crash Shuts Down Route 28 Southbound
The children are currently in the custody of CYF. Townsend is facing three counts of child endangerment.