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Springfield police: Children were living in ‘deplorable’ conditions

Springfield police said through an investigation that two kids were living in “deplorable” conditions.

A police report states authorities began their investigation Sunday when they were called to a home on Woodward Avenue to check the welfare of two kids.

“Officers noticed the front window on the house was busted out and the door was cracked and would not close all the way,” the report says.

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Officers said when they knocked the door opened and they were met by a woman who allowed them inside.

“The house was cold,” the report says. “The thermostat read 51 degrees Fahrenheit. (The woman) stated there was no heat due to the furnace being broke. The living conditions of the house were deplorable. There was garbage and trash throughout the downstairs. The oven was open and set to 420 degrees to heat the house. Two burners on the stove were on high for additional heat.”

The report says the children were sleeping on mattresses on the floor without sheeting, blankets or pillows and there was no clothing in the bedroom for the children.

“There were piles of dirty clothes in the hallway,” the report says.

“The bathroom was deplorable,” the report says.

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A sergeant was called and it was agreed the house was unlivable for children, the report says.

“While speaking with (the woman), she advised officers that this was not their permanent residence but also advised they had been staying there for the last three days.”

The woman was arrested, but she has not been charged. The Clark County Municipal Court was closed Monday for President’s Day.

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