LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Huntington man was given five years of deferred probation after a child in his care got out of the house and walked away unsupervised twice in 2016.
Matthew Stephen Warden, 32, appeared in front of District Judge Bob Inselman Tuesday after his attorney and the Angelina County District Attorney's office came up with a plea deal.
District Attorney Joe Martin said Huntington Police and Child Protective Services both originally investigated and it appeared CPS did multiple drug tests and assisted the family in solving the problem. Martin believed a fair sentence was reached.
"From everything I have seen in their file, it looks like he has done everything to try to remedy the situation," Martin said.
Harold's House child advocate Ashley Cook said while she cannot comment on any specific case or judgment, sometimes prison is not the best option, and she trust the decision of those in the courtroom.
"Their goal is to always do what is healthiest for the child," Cook said. "Whether that is in or out of that parents custody. it is in their trust to make those decisions."
If Warden can make it through probation without messing up, he will have the charge dropped.