Parents 'forced' 12-yr-old boy with severe disabilities to sleep in room filled with faeces and insects
The couple, Jason and Melissa Baker from Kentucky, are now both facing one count of first-degree criminal abuse.
A 12-year-old disabled boy's parents were arrested after he was allegedly forced to sleep in a house which was covered in feces and crawling with insects, according to reports. The arrest was made after a police officer discovered the house of horrors and found the child living in decrepit conditions.
The couple, Jason and Melissa Baker from Kentucky, are now both facing one count of first-degree criminal abuse. According to the Winchester Sun, WPD Patrolman Terry Cockrell had gone to the couple's house to serve a warrant from court on Melissa Baker when he saw the house.
Reports state that, when he arrived at the door, no one answered and he found that the latch was not secured. When the officer looked through the window, he discovered that the inside of the house was in an appalling condition.
Shortly after he met the Bakers and arrested Melissa on the warrant, the officer searched the property for a report for child protective services. Cockrell said that there were multiple insects crawling along the floor and walls and rubbish was strewn all around the house, which also included used toilet paper.
Reports state that, apart from the couple and the child, the officer also found four cats and a dog living in the home and there was animal excrement all over the property, according to The Sun.
The officer reportedly found the kitchen sink filled with dirty dishes and moldy water and child's room and bed had insects all over. Cockrell also did not find any bedding or clothes in the 12-year-old's bedroom. Reports state that the boy has Chorea, which is an abnormal involuntary movement disorder.
When the officer asked Jason Baker if there was any food in the house, he told Cockrell that he did not know if there was. According to court documents, Melissa Baker reportedly told police that she knew the house was in a dirty condition and needed to be cleaned, however, they never got around to cleaning it.
The officer added that he did not get around to checking all the rooms in the house because of the amount of "filth and feces." Officials have reportedly alerted social services about the cases and the Bakers have been reportedly scheduled to be arraigned.