Police discovered the “deplorable” conditions of a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, home after three naked toddlers were reportedly throwing hypodermic needles from an attic window.
Police were called to the home at 11:23 a.m. on Thursday morning following a report of children throwing hypodermic needles from the attic window, according to The Morning Call.
When officers arrived, they reportedly found the needles on the ground outside and saw that the attic window was open. They attempted to enter the home through an apartment on the second floor, according to police.
“They were banging on the door probably for at least 20 minutes," Lt. William Doseldo. "They could hear kids crying, but nobody would answer the door."
Using a Fire Department ladder truck, authorities were ultimately able enter the home, police say. They walked in to find Daniel Ortiz, 18, asleep on a couch and his sister, 20-year-old Crystal, asleep in a bedroom.
(Daniel Ortiz. Handout, Northampton County Prison via The Morning Call)
(Crystal Ortiz. Handout, Northampton County Prison via The Morning Call)
“It took us a good 30 seconds to wake her up,” Doseldo said, according to Lehigh Valley Live. Marijuana was reportedly sitting by the bed in plain sight.
Officers then searched the attic, where they found two of Daniel’s children and Crystal’s niece. The room allegedly smelled of urine and was full of needles, trash, soiled diapers and dirty clothing.
“Just deplorable conditions,” Doseldo said.
The siblings were arrested and taken to Bethlehem Police headquarters, where they were charged with three counts of child endangerment and reckless endangerment. Crystal Ortiz was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as possession of marijuana.
They are currently awaiting preliminary arraignments, which is when their bails will be set, Lehigh Valley Live reports.
Photo Credit: lehighvalleylive.com, Handout, Northampton County Prison