A Springfield woman faces three counts of child endangering after dog feces and urine were found in her apartment.
Police responded just after 12 a.m. Saturday morning to 1880 N. Bechtle Ave. where an intoxicated man was attempting to start a fight with Home Depot employees as they were attempting to leave. The man was with a woman, identified as K Sondra Ann Nicholson, and her three children, according to a report.
The man was unsteady on his feet and placed in the back of a patrol car.
Police noted that two children, a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old, were wearing shorts, and the 3-year-old wasn’t wearing shoes or socks. The temperature at the time was 62 with a windchill of 58 degrees, according to the report.
Nicholson told police the group was walking to Walmart to buy a birthday cake for her youngest son. When asked why she didn’t go to a closer store, she told police she and the man were going to pick up their wedding rings out of lay-a-way at Walmart and were planning on getting married at the courthouse the next day.
Officers then transported Nicholson and her children back to her apartment in the 1300 block of Perry Street, where two puppies were running freely in the apartment, according to the report. Dried urine and dog feces were visible on the floors, and very little food was in the kitchen.
The children told police they slept on the floor in a front room, where officers noted the room was littered with dog feces and dried urine.
Officers were unable to find family members to place the children with, and they were placed with a neighbor.
Nicholson was taken to Clark County Jail where she faces three possible charges of child endangering.
The man believed to be intoxicated was not charged and released from the scene.
Thank you for reading the Springfield News-Sun and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.
Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Springfield News-Sun. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.