POLICE: couple charged after 2-year-old found living in cold basement with drugs, roaches
Police say the basement they were living in was very cold with multiple roaches crawling around.
Friday, February 20th 2015, 9:50 am EST
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Police have arrested a Louisville couple after they say they found their 2-year-old son living in squalid conditions.
According to the arrest report, it happened Thursday afternoon at a home on Homestead Drive near Southside Drive. That's where officers were sent to conduct a welfare check on the child. When officers arrived, they spoke with 37-year-old Stephanie M. Monroe. Police say she had bloodshot eyes and was unsteady on her feet.
The arrest reports states that Monroe said told police she was "seeing things" and admitted that she had smoked "spice" while the 2-year-old child was in the room with her. Monroe advised officers she and her husband, 42-year-old Richard Monroe, had been staying in the basement of the home, but were supposed to move out on Friday (Feb. 20).
Police say Stephanie Monroe agreed to allow officers to search the basement. That's when they found loose spice, rolling papers, foil with burn marks and heroin residue, a rolled spice cigarette, burnt spice cigarettes, salvia, and drug paraphernalia. Police say "the basement itself that they were living in was very cold and there were multiple roaches crawling around."
Police say Stephanie Monroe has a history of missing court dates, and was unaware she has an upcoming court date and had no way to get to court.
She is now facing multiple charges, including endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of synthetic cannabinoids, and possessing or buying drug paraphernalia.
Richard Monroe is facing multiple charges, including with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of salvia, and endangering the welfare of a minor.
The child was released to other family members.
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