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Mom Arrested For Leaving Kids Alone Covered In Feces

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An Iowa mother was arrested after her children were reportedly found living in horrifying conditions.

Destinee Miller, 25, was arrested on Oct. 10 when police found her three children, aged 4, 2 and 1, playing outside of her Des Moines home unsupervised, according to WHO-DT. The 2-year-old was "naked and covered in feces," court records stated.

Inside the home, police say they found disgusting conditions.

"The home was littered with hundreds of mounds of feces that had been left by the seven dogs that had lived there," stated the police report.

The 4-year-old boy told authorities he was trying to make breakfast for his younger siblings, but the oven had made a noise that scared him, so he took his brother and sister out into the yard.

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The 1-year-old had a full diaper, according to the Miami Herald. The oven was reported to still be on while the children played outside.

Miller arrived home shortly after police found the children, and told authorities she had left to have one of the family's seven dogs put down.

The Iowa Department of Human Services removed the children from the home.

Miller was charged with three counts of child endangerment, four counts of animal neglect and one count of neglect or abandonment of a dependent.

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She was later released from Polk County Jail after posting her $12,000 bail, but she is not allowed to contact the three children.

Miller is scheduled to appear again in court on Nov. 9.

In a similar story in Oklahoma, an anonymous tip led to the arrest of a mom whose children were living in a home filled with trash, feces and bugs, according to KFOR.

Enid Police Department Officer Thomas Rhyne said he could smell a foul odor as he arrived.

"I stepped out of the car and I could immediately smell a kind of odor coming from the house," said Rhyne. Neighbors had reported smelling the odor before, but weren't sure if it was coming from the home.

"The smell, I don't know if it's coming from the house or somewhere around there," said neighbor April Dehart.

DHS Child Welfare Specialist Janel Boyer said conditions in the home were "worse than she has ever seen," reports Enid News. Boyer had told Rhyne the conditions were not suitable for children, and the five children living at the house were being removed.

Rhyne wrote in his affidavit that there was a "swarm" of flies and cockroaches in the house as he went inside.

"There were flys and roaches on the floors and walls throughout the entire residence," wrote Rhyne. The home was filled with trash and filth, with little space to walk. In a bathroom, Rhyne discovered a bucket that was filled with urine and feces -- the bathroom floor also appeared to have feces on it, and the water in the toilet was brown.

The children's guardian, Cynthia Morgan, 43, was charged with felony child neglect, and could face life in prison if convicted.

Morgan reportedly told Rhyne she bought cleaning supplies and attempted to clean the home, but Rhyne wrote in his affidavit that "there was no evidence that any cleaning had been done."

"Us and DHS are very grateful that this tip came in and we were able to go in and help these kids," said the officer.

Sources: WHO-DT, Miami Herald, KFOR, Enid News / Featured Image: BeeveePhoto/Flickr / Embedded Images: Polk County Jail via Miami Herald, Darkday/Flickr

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