Ardmore police took two small children into protective custody early Saturday morning after motorists and store clerks reported the pair playing in the middle of a busy intersection.

Sgt. Brice Woolly, APD Patrol Division, said officers found the 5-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy about 8:40 a.m. in the intersection of 12th Avenue NW and North Washington Street.

"Motorists reported having to stop in order to avoid the kids," Woolly said.

A search of the neighborhood resulted in locating the residence were the children were living with their stepfather and mother.

"We located the house in the 1200 block of B Street NW. The stepfather was inside asleep. The mother was not at home when officers arrived," Woolly said.

Reports indicated the interior of the house was filled with fire hazards and unsanitary conditions including animal feces.

"It was basically just uninhabitable," Woolly said.

In addition, officers found marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the residence.

During the investigation the children's mother was located in a room at a local motel.

Department of Human Services Child welfare workers were called into the case at the time of the police investigation.

Woolly confirmed the the stepfather, age 35, and the mother, age 30, were arrested pending multiple charges including possession of marijuana and child neglect. The couple was booked into the Carter County Detention Center. Reports will be delivered to the district attorney's office Monday for review. It is possible the couple could make initial court appearances as early as Monday afternoon.