Police: Children’s living conditions included fleas, razor blades, rotten food

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INDIANAPOLIS – Animal feces, cockroaches, rotten food and razor blades were just a few of the problems police encountered Sunday night at a southwest side home where six children lived.

The children, ages 4 to 13, were taken by Child Protective Services after a welfare check, according to a report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. The children were “extremely unkempt and covered with fleas,” police said.

An officer arrived around 6 p.m. Sunday at the home in the 2800 block of South Rybolt Ave. The parents, a 39-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, “immediately became agitated” upon the officer’s arrival. Both parents, who are deaf, “got in my face, and began yelling and signing to me very aggressively,” the officer wrote in the report.

The parents were detained while the officer checked on the living conditions. Inside, police noticed the overwhelming “strong odor of animal urine and fecal matter” upon entering the front door. Police noticed staples sticking out of the hardwood floor as well as fecal matter. Four dogs and two cats were inside the home; the animals appeared to be malnourished. Animal control seized the pets.

Further investigation showed the house “was infested with fleas and cockroaches.” There was very little food inside, and what was available was rotten, the report said. Cockroaches were also in the refrigerator and pantry. In the front room, police found razor blades, saws, a hammer and other tools that could pose dangers to the children. There were exposed electrical wires in one room and a used condom in the children’s bedroom, the report said. The sole toilet didn’t work.

The case remains under investigation.