MANATEE -- Authorities are still looking for the father of 4-year-old twin boys found wandering around an Oneco neighborhood late Tuesday.
Detectives want to question Dominick Hawkins after a neighbor found the twins in front of her home on the 300 block of 61st Street at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to Manatee Sheriff's Office spokesman Dave Bristow.
"The kids are still in protective custody," Bristow said late Wednesday afternoon. "We still have not talked to the dad."
An arrest request for child neglect has been prepared with the father's name.
A hearing was held Wednesday regarding the custody of the children,
Capt. Todd Shear of the Child Protection Services Division said they will wait to speak to the father before drawing any conclusions.
"He certainly is someone we need to interview," Shear said. "There could be a bunch of scenarios."
The boys were left in the care of their father, according to mother.
"The children were in hysterics, saying they had been with their father who had entered a home somewhere in the Oneco area, leaving them unattended outside of the residence," according to the initial news release.
The distraught children were only able to provide their first names to deputies. Child Protection Services took them into custody after a search in the neighborhood for the parents proved unsuccessful.
Early Wednesday morning the Manatee Sheriff's Office received a call from the mother reporting her children missing. She said she came home from doing laundry to find them all gone.
The mother reportedly told deputies that the father has a drug problem.
Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on@JDeLeon1012.