Seven children were discovered to be living in a squalid apartment in Detroit, Michigan, when police were called in to investigate a possible drug den on Jan. 10.
Authorities uncovered the startling scene when they entered what they believed was an abandoned house.
The home had no heat, working toilet, or windows, reports WJBK. That's where the police found seven children ranging in age from 9 months to 9 years living in filth.
There were no beds for the children to sleep in, feces all around and even a dead dog inside the house. Neighbors were shocked by the discovery. Authorities also found two guns inside the house.
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Diana Dupree, who lives in the neighborhood, says she witnessed a child there a few weeks ago.
"I seen a little boy. I didn't know how old he was -- maybe about five or six -- in the window. He had no shirt on and I just know it was cold that day. I just said wow -- but I didn't know. I haven't seen nobody in a while," says Dupree.
She added, "I mean I've seen people in and out -- you know the regular neighborhood drug addicts and stuff -- but I didn't know there was that many kids."
The children were taken to a local hospital and are now in the hands of Child Protective Services. The children's mother has not been arrested, but their 29-year-old father has been detained.
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Detectives are still investigating the case.
In February 2016, three people were arrested for an extreme case of child endangerment in Detroit, Michigan. KCRA reports police were responding to a domestic violence dispute between Suzanne Luna, 26, and Jose Garcia, 25. Amy Luna, 24, tried unsuccessfully to stop the officers from entering the apartment.
As soon as they stepped inside, they were horrified by what they saw. Seven children, ranging in ages from 2 to 9 years old, were asleep on a "dirty couch covered in fresh vomit in the bedroom."
The kids had not bathed for several days and the only drinking water was in the bathtub faucet. Police also found cockroaches crawling on the walls, inside cupboards of the kitchen, and on the floor. There were clothes, knives, garbage and animal feces scattered throughout.
The 9-year-old girl told authorities she and her siblings slept on the filthy couch and only ate when they went to school.
"The 9-year-old expressed being glad CPS was taking them to a foster home," police said in a news release.