Children removed from Middletown home that made police ‘nauseous’

Two Middletown residents are charged with five counts of child endangering and animal cruelty/neglect after police became “nauseous” while investigating the living conditions of a home in the 3100 block of Omaha Street.

Police officers went to the home Monday afternoon and after entering the residence they became “overcome by a strong and pungent odor of feces and urine,” according to the police report.

That’s when officers told Brandon Fugate, 26, and Norma Moore, 29, to remove two of the five children found in the home.

Police noticed that several extension cords were running to neighboring addresses and the stove was open and it appeared to be heating the house, according to the report.

There also was fresh pork loin that was being prepared in the kitchen sink, thawed by running water, police said.

Police also called the Butler County Dog Warden to remove several dogs, all of which appeared to be “extremely thin and emaciated,” according to the report. There were several cats that had matted fur as well.

The bathroom was not functional, according to the report.

Fugate and Moore told police they were not living in the home, but they had no answer as to why a school bus was dropping off three children there.

They said they were living with a relative in Franklin.

The children, ages 1, 2, 7, 9 and 10, were released to a family member, police said.

A preliminary hearing for both adults was set for Wednesday morning, but was continued until next week to give them time to hire attorneys, according to court records.

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