Washington police found three young children abandoned in a garbage-filled home on Saturday.
The 7-year-old, 3-year-old and 11-month-old were found padlocked inside a Lake Stevens home and surrounded by garbage. The house was also filled with animal-feces. Only an empty snack-size potato chip bag and an empty Pringles can were found for food, and the interior temperature of the house was around 40 degrees because there was no heat. The house appeared to be falling apart, according to officers, who said drywall and insulation were missing and that water was leaking from the ceilings.
The 11-month-old had reportedly suffered from hypothermia and dehydration. He was unable to move his extremities, but was later transported to a hospital with his siblings where he made a recovery.
Cmdr. Dennis Taylor said on Tuesday that it’s unknown how long the children had been abandoned for before they were discovered. Currently, all three children are in the care of Child Protective Services.
Police were unable to track the children’s parents for four days, but eventually found the couple at a business in Monroe. Both have since been booked for felony criminal mistreatment and abandoning children. According to jail records, both have remained in custody with bond set at $13,000.
The couple has reportedly had visits from CPS in the past and has been cited for health code violations.