Police removed seven children from a California home whose conditions were so bad that they were deemed to be unlivable. Three adults have been arrested for child endangerment.
The children, ages 2 to 9, were rescued from the Ceres, California, home after police responded to a domestic dispute at the home on Feb. 2, the Modesto Bee reported.
According to police, they received reports of a man punching parked cars and trying to hit a woman.
When officers arrived at the home, they saw the man, Jose Garcia, 25, arguing with his girlfriend, Suzanne Luna, 26, while the mother of the children, Amy Luna, 24, sat on the couch with a child in her arms.
Police said Amy tried to block them from entering the apartment.
After searching the home, officers found six other children sleeping on a dirty, vomit-covered couch in the apartment's only bedroom.
The entire apartment was littered with clothes, kitchen knives, garbage and feces, and the kitchen and bedroom were infested with cockroaches, police said.
There was no food in the home, and the only drinking water came from the bathtub faucet. The children were wearing dirty clothes and appeared as though they had not bathed in days.
Police removed the children, who are now in the care of Child Protective Services. The three adults were all arrested and charged with child endangerment, while Amy was also charged with resisting arrest.
According to police, all three appeared to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of their arrest. Three other intoxicated adults who were present in the apartment at the time were detained and later released by authorities.
On Feb. 3, the home the children had been living in was condemned and declared unsafe to occupy. A list of building code violations was posted in the window of the home.
Police said the 9-year-old girl told them she did not have any clean clothes and only ate when she was at school. The child reportedly said she was glad to be taken to foster care.
This is not the first time authorities have had to remove children from a home due to unsafe living conditions.
On Feb. 1, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana couple was arrested after police found their infant child home alone in an extremely dirty house filled with animal feces, rotten food and drug paraphernalia, WAFB reported.
The couple was charged with cruelty to juveniles, child desertion, criminal abandonment and resisting an officer with force. The child was placed in the custody of a grandparent.