Authorities removed three children from a home in Limestone County on Friday, saying the living conditions were deplorable. They say the smell was almost unbearable, even from outside the mobile home.
The mobile home is west of Athens, off Highway 72 on Zehner Road. Sheriff Mike Blakely says the conditions were absolutely unacceptable.
“There was cat and dog feces scattered throughout the trailer as well as on the dining room table,” said Sheriff Blakely. “There was garbage scattered throughout the house. It was an extremely filthy situation. It’s a situation that no one should have to live in.”
Unfortunately, several children were living in it. Authorities say a five-year-old, 11-year-old and 17-year-old were staying in the trailer with their parents. On Wednesday, January 25th, the teenager couldn’t take it any more and called authorities.
“The Department of Human Resources took the children and placed them in foster care at this time,” says Blakely.
When deputies and DHR workers removed the children, Sheriff Blakely says one parent was home and the other was in a nearby hospital for surgery.
Sheriff Blakely says there’s no reason for conditions to have gotten to that point.
“It was just a really filthy, not just clutter, but it was actually filth that they were actually having to live in,” says Blakely.
Sheriff Blakely says his investigators and workers from the Department of Human Resources are discussing the situation with the Limestone County District Attorney to see if any charges will be filed against the parents.