A Cleburne man is facing a felony charge of endangering a child after deputies responded to a residence in the 2900 block of E. Farm-to-Market 916 on Sept. 6.
Deputies were dispatched to conduct a welfare check after it was reported that a juvenile had been seen outside of the residence for at least four days and nights, Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford said in a press release issued by his agency.
When deputies arrived, they made contact with Paul Scott Schmidtke, 38, and made inquiries about the juvenile, according to the press release.
Schmidtke told deputies his son could not live by his rules, therefore he had to live outside, according to the release, which said the 12-year-old boy remained on the property and took shelter underneath a dilapidated travel trailer.
The boy suffered numerous insect bites and was covered with fleas, according to the release, with deputies saying the boy told them he got his drinking water from a water hose and was fed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which made him sick.
Child Protective Services was called to the scene and took custody of the 12-year-old. Schmidtke was taken into custody and was transported to Johnson County Corrections Center, where a $100,000 bond was set. Schmidtke posted bond and was released from jail Sept. 3.
The investigation is ongoing, according to the sheriff’s office release.