Springfield woman accused of allowing kids to live in filthy home

Springfield police said they witnessed used diapers laying on the floor, trash scattered through the living room and a thawed out chicken breast laying on a bed during a welfare check Monday afternoon in Springfield.

Shari Scurlock, 30, is charged in Clark County Municipal Court with five counts of endangering children in connection with the check. She pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Springfield police began their investigation when they were alerted of a home on the 900 block of Lagonda Avenue, according to an affidavit. They met with Scurlock, according to the affidavit, and were permitted to enter the house where they immediately observed the filthy conditions. They continued into the kitchen area.

“Officers observed feces on the floor by the kitchen appliances,” the affidavit says. “Also observed were pots and pans that appeared dirty for weeks. Officers observed trash laying throughout the kitchen area. Officers did observe running water and food inside the refrigerator. Officers observed multiple doors that appeared to be locked with clutter from the inside.”

Scurlock allegedly told officers that she was in the process of placing tile in the dining area and the floor had been pulled up in the room, the affidavit says. The affidavit also says officers found medication within reach of the children in the home.

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“Officers observed that one of the children appeared to have not been bathed in several days,” the affidavit says. “The child had a green substance on its face near the ear. The child also appeared to have multiple bug bites. Officers observed multiple bugs crawling and flying throughout the house.”

Officers said Scurlock told them the house needed to be cleaned but she hadn’t gotten around to it, the affidavit says.

Scurlock was arrested by law enforcement after the welfare check. A next court date had not been set in the case.

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