Police say horace napier along with a woman and her two young children were sleeping here when they came in to arrest Napier on two different warrants.
They cuffed him and put him in the back of the deputy's car.
But Napier didn't stay in police custody long.
"We were inside the building, searching the building and Mr. Napier called his son over to the car and had his son open the car door," said Deputy Robert Mathews.
Napier took off into the woods still in cuffs. Police pursued, but never caught him.
They did find a reason to take the children out of the building for good.
"We found drugs in several different places inside the church, needles, things of that nature."
All news that is deeply troubling to some in the community.
"Right in a church house, you know? That's where we grew up going to church. I can't believe it," said Bonnie Smith.
"The commodes had been used and not flushed and no food in there at all. I saw one empty package of ham and one empty loaf of bread."
Neighbors say the four had been living in those conditions without running water and electricity for weeks.
Police tell us the young girl appeared to have a broken wrist, with no wraps or bandages on it. Both children have been taken into protective custody.