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Police Say Home Deemed Unfit, After One-Year-Old Found Wandering

Reported: May. 16, 2014 10:09 PM EDT
Updated: May. 16, 2014 10:53 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown) – Police said a neglected toddler and two other children living in filth in a Charleston home.

Officers said they found a one-year boy by himself at J.E. Robbins Elementary School. After about an hour, they discovered where the boy lived - a house down the road.

Inside the home, police said they found his mother asleep, unaware that the baby was gone.

Police said you could smell the filth from across the street, and were surprised at how bad the condition of this home was.

They said they are making sure the children living there are safe.

“Not that long ago, I saw a guy get shot in his face, right down the street,” neighbor B.J. Leeson said. “For parents to be letting their children out here, it's a little ridiculous."

The home was deemed unfit to live in.

Even after police left, those living there were still trying to get into the home.

Leeson lives a couple house down the street and couldn't imagine any parent putting their child in that kind of situation.

"I wouldn't want to live in feces and everything else,” Leeson said. “And just to think about a baby, they're always picking things up and putting them in their mouths. I mean what if they picked up feces?"

Police said two other children were living in that home with their mother and grandmother.

“Whenever a child's health or safety is in question, that's a top priority for us," Lt. Steve Cooper, of Charleston police, said.

Leeson. who has personally dealt with Child Protective Services before, thinks more should have been done for the sake of the children.

"She should have been in handcuffs,” Leeson said. “The grandmother should have been in handcuffs. And the kids should have been gone. I hate to see kids in foster care, but something definitely needs to happen there."

Police said they will continue to investigate the situation at the home.

Neighbors just hope it's enough.

"I just hope that those kids find a better home, better parents," Leeson said.

No criminal charges have been filed with the incident, but police said they will continue investigating.



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