11-year-old living in 'uninhabitable' house with trash, mold, rotting food, cops say

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May 21 2021, Published 7:33 a.m. ET

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Rotting food, trash and a malnourished dog were some of the deplorable conditions in a home where a child lived, police say. 

Now, two adults are charged in connection to the "uninhabitable" living situation at an Oregon home.

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On May 18, Washington County Sheriff's  Sheriff’s Office deputies made a welfare check on a home in the area. They tried to serve civil paperwork to the occupants of the home without success.

When deputies got to the house, they found multiple packages were at the front door. One of them contained medication from a local pharmacy, according to the sheriff's office.

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While looking through the window, deputies saw rotting food, trash, a malnourished dog and black mold on the inside of the windows, among other signs that caused concern, according to the office.

Deputies knocked repeatedly and announced their presence, but received no response. When they forced open the door, they were hit with an “overwhelmingly foul odor,” according to the sheriff's office.

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The officers found a man, a woman and an 11-year-old child in the home.

An ambulance was called to the scene and transported the child to a nearby hospital for precautionary reasons, deputies noted.

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The Department of Human Services responded to the hospital and took the child into protective custody, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies and detectives got a search warrant for the house. They observed garbage, moldy food, human feces and mold on most of the home’s surfaces, according to the sheriff's office.

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Those on the scene described the living conditions inside the home as “the worst they have seen during their law enforcement careers,” officials stated.

While searching the home, deputies found a metal dog kennel containing layers of dog feces and pools of dog urine covered in ants, flies and other bugs, according to the sheriff's office.

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The dog was taken into custody by Washington County Animal Control.

Both adults were arrested and booked at Washington County Jail on first-degree criminal mistreatment and second-degree animal neglect charges. 

The sheriff's office did not release the suspect's names to protect the identity of the child. 


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