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Children, pets removed from home

January 3, 2018 GMT

NEEDLES — Three children, nine dogs and 12 cats were removed from a home littered with debris and covered with feces and urine, Dec. 27, after a request from the San Bernardino County Department of Child and Family Services to check the welfare of the children at a residence in the 500 block of R Street.

CFS expressed concerns for poor living conditions and the parent’s possible addiction to narcotics.

Deputies of the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, Needles’ Colorado River Station, responded, contacting the mother of the three children and alleging she displayed objective signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Looking further, deputies reported finding conditions in the three-bedroom one-bath single family residence so deplorable that it was unsafe to allow the children to continue living there.

Each room of the home contained broken furniture, trash and debris scattered about, deputies reported. There were no usable beds in the home for the children to sleep on. Each room was infested with insects and covered in animal feces and urine.

There was no water service, the toilet was filled with feces and urine. All counter tops and oven tops were covered in rancid food debris. The home’s only refrigerator was not functioning and contained spoiled and rotten food products and deputies described the entire home as smelling of rancid and spoiled food, feces and urine.

The mother was arrested and booked into the CRS jail on charges of child endangerment. Bail was set at $100,000. CFS was summoned and took custody of the three children. Needles Animal Control removed the cats and dogs.