A Springfield mother was arrested after police accused her of allowing her children to live in a home so dirty they found a dead bat at the top of the stairs.
Heather Thompson, 33, of Springfield was charged with three counts of endangering children in Clark County Municipal Court. She pleaded not guilty and her bond was set at $1,000.
Springfield police began their investigation on Thursday when they were called to a home on Chestnut Avenue. They were told that kids were living in a home with no running water or plumbing and animal feces were all over the floors.
“Ms. Thompson stated that she does stay at the (home) and that she has been fixing it up to make it livable,” An affidavit filed in Clark County Municipal Court says.
She said in the meantime, the children were living with her family next door, according to the affidavit.
Officers said they got permission to check the home and noticed many trash bags on the porch before going inside.
“Walking into the dwelling, to the left of the front door there was another bag of trash with more spoiled and rotten food on the floor,” an affidavit says. “There was one large black refrigerator in the living room.”
Officers found what appeared to be a kid’s bedroom with three beds and toys scattered across the floor. They also said they went into the kitchen and saw the floor was covered in trash, a keg and more rotten food.
Later, officers said they went upstairs and found a dead bat on the landing at the top of the stairs. While up there, they also noticed the upstairs was in disrepair.
“The bathroom had no plumbing, no sink, no bathtub and the toilet was falling through the floor,” the affidavit says. “The bedroom of this hallway had scattered animal feces on the floor.”
Officers arrested Thompson at this time, the affidavit says. She was booked into Clark County Jail. She was not listed as an inmate in jail Friday afternoon.
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