HOUSTON -- A young father accused of letting his 1-year-old daughter sleep among trash and roaches says he's doing the best he can.
Keith Thomas insists that deputies are blowing things way out of proportion.
It started with a surprise visit from authorities after midnight on Monday.
Deputies with Harris County Precinct 7 Constable's Office say the conditions inside the home on Alvin Street were unsafe for a child.
Documents allege that the toddler was sleeping on trash with roaches crawling around her.
The child's father says that is not accurate.
'Every house, you'll find roaches but not roach infested like they put on paper,' said Thomas. 'They're just taking bits and pieces and running with it.'
Deputies responded to the southeast Houston home to perform a welfare check on Aaliyah Thomas.
Once inside, deputies say they not only found deplorable conditions, but also a shotgun accessible to the child.
'It wasn't loaded. It was under the bed,' explained Thomas. 'It wasn't under the bed where she was at.'
Thomas says the mother he shares custody with set him up with the surprise visit from deputies.
She says she called authorities after Thomas refused to give Aaliyah back to her.
'When I called for her to come back, he said no, he wasn't bringing her. I'm like, I want my child back,' said mother Jasmine Robinson. 'I'm not going to let that happen so I called police.'
Jasmine Robinson claims her daughter lost up to 10 pounds during the one week that she was with dad.
She says she was worried sick for her daughter's well being.
'I feel like I shouldn't have to go through all that just to get my baby back,' cried Robinson.
Thomas believes his ex-girlfriend is trying to ruin his chances of getting full custody.
He says he works overtime to support his daughter and is worried the case could taint his clean record.
He celebrated his 20th birthday in the Harris County Jail on a child endangerment charge and is currently free on bond.
'I'm going to get this case out of the way and fight for custody because I know her mom is not a fit parent,' added Thomas.
Robinson says she can no longer trust Thomas with their daughter unsupervised.
Child Protective Services is now involved in the case.