Beth Crabill in Clark County Municipal Court Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Bill Lackey/Staff

Springfield woman charged after kids found in home with urine, insects

A Springfield woman has been charged with child endangering after police allegedly found three children living in deplorable conditions last month, including what police described as an unbearable smell of animal urine and feces and at least 50 insects crawling on a ceiling.

Beth A. Crable, 29, appeared in the Clark County Municipal Court this morning and pleaded not guilty, according to court records.

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Police were sent to do a welfare check on the children at the home in the 300 block of East Euclid Avenue on April 17. Officers found three children in the living room, which allegedly had trash, animals, dirty clothing and cockroaches.

The urine smell made breathing difficult, police said in court records. There were four dogs in the kitchen, which also had dog feces smudged and animal urine on the floor.

Officers attempted to walk upstairs, but the stairway was unsafe because it was saturated with urine, court records say. The children’s bedrooms were messy with trash and dirty clothes, police alleged, and the children only had dog-pillow like padding to sleep on. The bathrooms reportedly had broken toilets and the sink was filled with water and dead cockroaches.

The children were placed in the care of family members, according to court records.

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