VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (Nov. 27, 2013)– Two people were arrested for neglect of dependents after police responded to a 911 call.
On Thursday night, Vigo County Sheriff Deputies responded to a family altercation located on Pottsville Rd. in northwestern Vigo County.
A 911 caller initially reported that Jennifer Termine, 40, was threatening to shoot family members with a gun. Upon arrival, Deputies secured the scene and found no weapons on Termine. Deputies learned that she was the mother of a 19 year old autistic daughter and two sons, ages 13 and 16. Another of Termine’s children – a 21 year old daughter, was also reportedly living at the residence.
The investigation revealed that that the 19 year old autistic female and the 13 year old male had gotten into a physical fight. At that time the 21 year old daughter joined the altercation, when the 13 year old male struck her in the head with a walking cane. The 21 year old daughter suffered a minor contusion to her head, and was later transported by Trans Care to Union Hospital.
Deputies proceeded into the residence to check the well being of others, and were met by the homeowner, Norval Sollars, 71, who is Jennifer Termine’s father.
Norval Sollars then introduced an 11 year old male as his son, who was also living in the house. While speaking to Sollars, Deputies observed cats running loose in the residence and animal feces strewn throughout the house. Deputies found nearly every living space of the home to be filled with garbage. Cockroaches were found throughout the residence, including in food preparation areas. Deputies also found roach covered food in large hazardous holes in the floor.
It is believed that seven people occupied the home, however only two beds were found within the residence.
Because of the deplorable and hazardous living conditions that the children were subjected to, deputies summoned Indiana Child Protective Services. Investigators from C.P.S. arrived on scene and agreed with Deputies that living conditions were hazardous and unsatisfactory for the children. The children were removed from the residence for safe keeping, pending further investigation.
Jennifer Termine and Norval Sollars were taken into custody and transported to the Vigo County Jail for Neglect of Dependents.