Shawn Sanders Owens, 50 of Rome, was arrested this week after reports said he passed out drunk and left two children, ages 2 and 3 to care for themselves.
Reports said that Owens drank so much that the children said they could not wake him up.
The three year-old was later found playing in the yard within 3 feet of a busy roadway.
While taking Owens into custody, police said they found him in possession of a bag of tramadol pills that were not in their original container.
He was also found to be in possession of a Winchester 30-30, which he was forbid to have because he is a convicted felpn.
Owens is charged with possession of a firearm by convicted felon, drugs not in original container, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, two counts reckless conduct, two counts second degree cruelty to children and first degree cruelty to children.