An arrest warrant said Wesley Harvey, 28, left four children alone in a home that burned – killing all four children. Harvey was arrested and charged with abandoning or endangering a child.
Volunteer firefighters and sheriff’s deputies responded to a fire late Wednesday night in the 14000 block of County Road 1430 in Lubbock County near Wolfforth.
The warrant accused Harvey of leaving the home with the children unsupervised for an hour. The warrant indicated a space heater was in use in the home at the time.
Officials have said Harvey was the father of three of the four children. He was watching the children, the warrant said, while his wife was at work.
One portion of the arrest warrant said:
Deputies responded to a structure fire at 14002 CR 1430 in Lubbock County. After the firefighters fought the fire for approximately 20 minutes Wesley Harvey arrived on the scene. At that time he informed officers that his children were in the residence. Members of the Woodrow fire department entered the residence and retrieved all four of the children, Elijay Lucas (7 yoa), Kenneth Harvey ( 4yoa), Twilah Harvey (3yoa), and Weslynn Harvey (2 yoa), from the residence. All four children had obvious burns and smoke related injuries and did not appear to be breathing. They were all treated at the scene and the youngest child, Weslynn, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other three children were transported to UMC where they all were pronounced deceased due to apparent burns and fire related injuries. The father of the children, Wesley Harvey, later stated that he was in care custody and control of the children while his wife was at work during the evening of November 7, 2018. He also stated that he left the children alone in the residence for approximately one hour after they went to sleep and he left the area in the only vehicle used by family. He had no obvious means to monitor the children or communicate with them while he was away from the house.
Harvey was held in the Lubbock County Detention Center on Thursday. The proposed bond amount was $50,000.
Related Story: Man arrested, related to fire that killed four children