Indiana baby born into a hoarder home while parents were on drugs, police say

indiana baby born in trailer filled from floor to ceiling with trash while parents on drugs
Source: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office

Nov. 8 2021, Published 1:32 p.m. ET

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An Indiana baby was born in a mobile home filled with trash from floor to ceiling and police say the parents — who were also on drugs — have been arrested.

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On Nov. 3, Vandenburgh County Sheriff's deputies were called to check at the residence. A caller reported that a baby was born inside a mobile home a few days earlier.

Once at the home, officials said they found a hoarding situation and the trailer was filled with trash from the floor to the ceiling, as well as insects.

In addition, authorities said there was no crib or bassinet for the baby found. They also discovered a glass pipe with burnt residue, a pill bottle with powdered fentanyl and an unused syringe in the home, which had the power shut off the day before.

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According to police, the baby received no medical care and the mother even admitted to using drugs while she was pregnant. Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said, “The child was in a zero-chance situation,” KFOR reported.

Officials said the baby was taken to the hospital and is now in the care of child protective services. At the hospital, the baby was tested and meth was found in her system.

Sasha Drake, the baby’s mother, spoke with police and said she used meth and heroin while pregnant, authorities said. She also told police the baby’s father, Clifford Johns, was at the home with her and was using drugs.

Drake said she did not take the baby to the hospital because she thought child protective services would take the baby away, police said.

Both Drake and Johns were arrested and charged with neglect and drug possession, police said.

They both appeared in court on Nov. 4 and issued $10,000 cash bonds,

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