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YOUNGSTOWN Police: 2 kids lived in filth



Published: Wed, September 12, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



The children's mother is a registered nurse at the emergency room of St. Elizabeth Health Center, police said.

By PAUL WHEATLEY

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

YOUNGSTOWN -- Police say they found deplorable living conditions when they responded to a call that two children were locked out of their East Philadelphia Avenue home Tuesday while their mother slept inside.

Police found a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, barely clothed, standing on a porch in 54-degree weather about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Spilled soup noodles welcomed police at the door after the children's 27-year-old mother invited them inside. But that was only the beginning.

Police noticed hundreds of fruit flies feasting on a bag of trash just inside the home, a dish of rotten food on a loveseat and pretzels and cereal scattered across the carpet.

What police found: Officers said a litter box near a refrigerator was overflowing with cat feces, which was scattered throughout the house.

The refrigerator contained a 12-pack of beer, condiments and something from Dairy Queen that was moldy.

Police did find meat in the freezer.

They found a bare, urine-stained mattress meant for the 2-year-old.

Cat excrement was mixed with clothing.

Police found a bathroom trash can overflowing with dirty diapers, a toilet full of urine and cigarette butts and a bathtub caked with scum.

What was done: Mahoning County Children Services Board workers took custody of the two children and a third child, age 7, who was in school.

They were given to their grandmother, a Youngstown resident, temporarily.

The children's mother, who police identified as a registered nurse employed at the emergency room of St. Elizabeth Health Center, was arrested and taken to Mahoning County Jail.

A sister who watches the children at night also was arrested.

Both are charged with child endangerment.




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