UFC veteran and TUF 4 castmember Edwin Dewees was arrested on Thursday and taken to the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde, Arizona, after his twin two-year-old sons went missing for an afternoon and were found walking alone on a road. According to TheDailyCourier, the boys were picked up by police after a report was made about two small children spotted by themselves near Road 1 North and Cactus Wren:
The officer immediately found two 2-year-old boys, one wearing just a T-shirt, walking barefoot down Road 1 North, said Cmdr. Mark Garcia of the Chino Valley Police Department.
The officer took the children, who appeared unharmed, to the Chino Valley Police Department and called CPS, which took custody of the children, said Sgt. Vince Schaan of the Chino Valley Police Department.
For nearly two hours, officers tried to find the children’s home and their caretaker, but could not, Garcia said.
At 4:10 p.m., the children’s mother flagged down a police officer in the area and reported that two of her three children were missing, Garcia said.
The woman told the officer she had left the twins and their 4-year-old at home with their father while she went shopping at 10 a.m. and, when she got home, she couldn’t find the twins, Garcia said.
When officers spoke to Dewees, he said he had been cleaning inside the home and didn’t notice the children were gone until his wife returned home, Schaan said.
“He reported he put the children down for a nap and did not notice or hear them leave,” Schaan said.
Dewees told police he thought the boys might have left through a door to the house, Schaan said.
“When the mother got home, Dewees went to wake the children and they were not there,” Schaan said. “He told her he could not find them. She went outside and spoke to some of our officers who were in the area looking for someone responsible for the children.”
Police are not sure how long the children were outside before being found by the resident and the officer, Garcia said.
The children remain in CPS custody pending further investigation, Schaan said.
Could just be a case of twin boys doing some exploring — perfectly normal, perfectly healthy. Nevertheless, Dewees was booked on two counts of child abuse. If there are any major developments in this story, we’ll let you know.
Dewees (37-15, w/one no-contest) is perhaps best known for bleeding all over Gideon Ray on The Ultimate Fighter 4. His official record in the UFC was 0-3, including first-round losses to Rich Franklin, Chris Leben, and Jorge Rivera. He most recently competed on July 22nd, getting choked out in 44 seconds by Jacen Flynn at a Bully’s Fight Night event in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.