POLICE: Parents arrested after 2-year-old found in 'extremely dirty' Shively apartment
Police say cockroaches were coming out of the apartment -- and it smelled strongly of urine.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shively Police say they've arrested two parents after their 2-year-old child was found living in an apartment with cockroaches and moldy food.
According to arrest reports, the incident took place on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at an apartment on Wurtele Avenue, near the intersection of Ralph Avenue and Dixie Highway. Police say a resident living in an apartment called them after the people living in the neighboring apartment knocked a hole in her wall, and cockroaches began coming out.
Police say they knocked on the door of the offending apartment, and met with 23-year-old Alexia Cook and 23-year-old Taz Osgood, who were living inside, with their small child -- a 2-year-old.
According to the arrest reports, police "noticed a distinct smell of urine" while standing at the door speaking with Cook. Police say that the one-bedroom apartment had trash "all over the place," and was infested with ants, cockroaches and other bugs. Officers allegedly found moldy food in the fridge, old food on the floor, as well as dozens of bottles containing chewing tobacco spit from Osgood.
Police say the child's diaper did not appear to have been changed for a whole day, and that the child, "was crawling all over the floors where there was a great deal of spoiled food and roaches and other insects present."
When police asked where the child sleeps at night, Cook pointed to a twin mattress covered with trash with no bedding on it, according to the arrest report.
Police say the child was removed and placed with a relative.
Both Osgood and Cook were arrested and charged with first degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor. Osgood is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Both are currently being held in Louisville Metro Corrections.
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