The cries of three small children who couldn't get inside their home brought Sacramento police to a notoriously crime-plagued pocket of Meadowview.
Sacramento police reported that they were called about 9 a.m. Sunday to Nedra Court, near Meadowview and 24th Street, where at the front door of one of the homes, children were crying and knocking in an apparent effort to get inside.
When police arrived, they found the three children, all under five years old, in the front yard. A police activity log said the children's father, Demetrius T. McFarland, 27, was inside asleep.
Child Protective Services responded to take custody of the children. McFarland was booked into jail on suspicion of child endangerment, police said.