Scottsburg, Ind. man arrested after children allegedly found living among roaches and maggots
Authorities say a small motorcycle was inside the home, leaking what appeared to be gas or oil.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Scottsburg, Indiana, man has been arrested after authorities say he was found living with two children in a home infested with maggots and roaches.
According to a probable cause affidavit, authorities discovered the filthy conditions on Aug. 18, when representatives of the Scott County Sheriff's Department met with representatives of the Department of Child Services to investigate an allegation that children were living in "unfit conditions."
Authorities then went to the home of 47-year-old Earl W. Stoner, on N. Shea Road, near E. Blocher Road, in Scottsburg. Stoner was allegedly living with two children, an 8-year-old and a 13-year-old.
Roger Pedigo, who says he owns the property, recently went there to collect overdue rent. He says what he saw inside was a disgusting mess. "There was filth all over the floor, pizza boxes, donut boxes, just food in general. Sinks covered with dishes with food," said Pedigo.
Pedigo says there were cockroaches everywhere. "These had been there a long time, all over the floor, all over the walls, the ceiling, the sinks, the bedrooms," he said.
Pedigo says he contacted Child Protective Services and police. "That's no way to be raised, like animals or something you know," said Pedigo.
Just before a member of the Scott County Sheriff's Department entered the home, Stoner allegedly told him that he was going to be "in trouble."
The probable cause affidavit goes on to describe what the officer found there:
Upon entering the residence, I observed that there was very little furniture and that there was trash on the floor in almost every room in the residence. I noted that it was 78 degrees inside the residence and observed only a small box fan to cool the entire residence. I observed numerous bugs including several cockroaches crawling all over the walls ceiling. In the rooms that were identified as [THE CHILDREN'S] rooms, I observed that the beds were flipped upside down and that clothes and dresser drawers were strewn about the room. I did not observe [sic] any pillows or blankets that appeared to be used by the children to sleep.
Police say that in one room, they saw a small motorcycle that was leaking gas or oil onto the floor.
"The chemical smell in that room was overwhelming," the probable cause affidavit states.
In the bathroom the sheriff's deputy allegedly found toilet tissue on the floor, "and what appeared to be fecal matter in and no the toilet."
Upon entering the kitchen, the smell of rotting food was overwhelming. I observed moldy, rotting food in a skillet and several open bowls, which was infested with maggots and roaches. In the refrigerator was food in different stages of decomposition and which was inedible. I also observed what appeared to be blood and fluids from meat smeared inside the refrigerator. In the kitchen closet, I observed several unopened cans of food with several bugs and cockroaches crawling all over them. I also observed several bags of trash stored inside the bottom of the closet. There were also several flies in the closet area.
Stoner was arrested and charged with two counts of Neglect of a Dependent. He is currently being held in the Scott County Detention Center.
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