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POLICE: Four children found in Bardstown Road hotel room in deplorable conditions

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Kayla Stitt (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Kayla Stitt (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman was in jail Friday after police say four young children were found in deplorable conditions on a very cold day.

It happened Thursday night, Jan. 8, at the Economy Inn on Bardstown Road, near the interchange with I-264. 

Police say they were called to the hotel after someone complained about possible narcotics use around small children. 

As police approached the room, they allegedly noticed that the door was cracked open, even though they say the temperature at the time was 19 degrees, with a wind chill of 9 degrees. According to the arrest report, officers found four children inside the home, with no adults present. The children were of ages 9, 4, 2 and 9 months.

Ten minutes later, police say 27-year-old Kayla Stitt and two others returned to the hotel on foot, only to find the officers there. One of the detectives told Stitt that they were there to check on the well being of the children.

Police say Stitt then turned and tried to block the detectives from entering the apartment. According to the arrest report, she shoved the detective and tried to close the door behind her.

Officers say they were able to gain entry to the hotel room and found a marijuana pipe in plain view, with charred marijuana inside. They also allegedly found another marijuana pipe in a drawer, along with a baggie "commonly used to package illicit narcotics" on the floor.

One of the men with Stitt allegedly told police that he used the marijuana for "medicinal purposes."

"All of these items were in direct access to small children," police say.

"The one bedroom was filthy and there were three adults and four small children living there," the arrest report states. "The 9-month-old infant was found to be sleeping in a plastic storage container. The two female toddlers were found to be sleeping on a pallet covered with a blanket. The 9-year-old caretaker was sleeping on the concrete floor."

An "extremely limited" amount of food was found in the room, and in a small refrigerator, according to the report.

Police say the conditions put all of the children "at risk of serious physical injury or death."
Stitt was arrested and charged with harassment, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and three counts of wanton endangerment. Her children were placed in the custody of a family member and Child Protective Services was contacted.

"Nothing you want to see for kids or adults in that situation with three adults and four children inside one room there at the hotel," said Dwight Mitchell with LMPD

Neighbors that live near the Economy Inn say they've had issues with the motel in the past.
"There has been complaints," said Melis Duratovsc, whose house backs up to the motel, "You'll see four or five cop cars a night almost. It hasn't been like that lately but we have the fence now."

In March of 2014, four people were arrested after LMPD discovered more than $150,000 in meth in one of the rooms of the same motel. In 2013, LMPD also responded to find an alleged counterfeiting operation at the motel.


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