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Springfield couple had ‘mounds of dog feces’ in child’s home, police say


A Springfield man was arrested on a charge of robbery on Monday, while his wife was arrested for child endangering after police said deplorable conditions were found at their Harmony Twp. home.

Samuel H. Douglas, 33, was charged with one count of robbery for an incident that happened at Walmart earlier this month. He also faces a charge of child endangering. He pleaded not guilty in Clark County court on Wednesday to both charges and his bond was set at $16,000.

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His wife, Shanna Douglas, 31, also of Harmony Twp., was arrested and charged with one count of child endangering. She also pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Samuel Douglas allegedly attempted to steal nine DVDs from Walmart on Bechtle Avenue on April 5, but was stopped by employees. He then allegedly threatened to stab the employees with a syringe and later stabbed himself in the neck, saying he couldn’t go back to jail, according to a police report. He then ran away and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

U.S. Marshals served a warrant for Samuel Douglas on Monday. He was taken into custody and later transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for a possible overdose, according to court records.

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Marshals then contacted the Clark County Sheriff’s Office with concerns about living conditions at the home where a 13-year-old lives.

The home had dog feces and food all over the floors and carpet, according to the affidavit. The fridge is also full of rotten spilled food and the entire upstairs carpet was “covered in mounds of dog feces.”

The child was placed into the custody of family members.

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