Springfield couple charged with 4 counts of child endangering

Springfield couple charged with 4 counts of child endangering

A Springfield couple has been arrested and charged with four courts of child endangering after police searched their home and allegedly discovered two children who appeared to be, “undeveloped for their age mentally and physically.”

Katerina Martin, 35, and Kenneth Genari, 47, were arrested at their home on the 1400 block of East Street in Springfield on Wednesday after a neighbor called police and said the couple’s home appeared to be, “deplorable,” according to a police report.

Neighbors told police that conditions in the “home appear to be deplorable, the kids don’t appear to be having good care taken of them, the kids appear to be sick and ill, and there is often yelling and screaming at the children,” the police report said.

When officers arrived at the home on East Street, they found two child victims, who allegedly appeared to be, “undeveloped for their age, mentally and physically,” the report said.

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“Officers noticed that one of the [child victims], 4-year-old, was unable to stand and keep balance on his own power and lacked muscle tone,” the report said. Officers asked Martin if they could, “do a check of the living conditions,” and she allegedly agreed.

“Ms. Martin told officers there was trash and things not in appropriate places. Ms. Martin asked officers several times if they were going to contact Children Protective Services,” the report said.

The report said upon entering the home officers allegedly noticed, “an immediate odor, which appeared foul and rotten.” Officers also allegedly found dishes piled up in the sink and, “a brown residue across much of the counter and walls of the kitchen.”

“There was some food in the refrigerator, but there was rotten food throughout the refrigerator as well,” the report said. “The freezer was dirty and it appeared food was tossed about it.”

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Officers then entered the living room where they allegedly found, “an abundance of empty Dr. Pepper and Yoohoo cans,” and, “a microwave and an electric skillet,” on the living room floor, the report said.

The report alleges the East Street home was filled with bugs stating that one of the officers, “could hear a constant buzz around his head even as he stood in silence.”

In the three bedrooms of the home, “trash was piled up and dirty diapers were present,” the report said.

“[Officer] located multiple dead mice on the floors. There were mattresses on the floors of the bedrooms and bugs flying in all places,” the report said. “In one of the bedrooms was a shovel on the floor. Officers located a bottle that contained what appeared to be urine.”

After completing the search of the home, officers took custody of the children.

Both Martin and Genari were not listed in the Clark County Jail as of Thursday afternoon.

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