INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indianapolis police said six children were put in Child Protective custody after they were found living in deplorable conditions.
Police were called to the home Sunday in the 2800 block of South Rybolt Avenue in Indianapolis. Investigators said what an officer saw inside the home was in no condition for children or adults to be living there.
"I've never seen a house like that. My house has never been like that. I've never seen children live in a house like that," said Samantha Carrillo of Indianapolis.
Outside the home you can't miss the pile of trash near the street. There's so much of it some neighbors have gotten used to seeing it. But it's what police found inside the home that now has those same neighbors talking.
Carrillo lives next door.
"They seemed to be a pretty good family. They helped me move in at first, but then we started noticing that they didn't have running water. Like I said the first month, they were using my water. The children were coming over, they were bathing at my house," she said.
Police said eight people, including six children ages 4 to 13, and several dogs lived in the home. An officer was sent to the home to check on their welfare and found them in desperate need of help.
"There was no carpet in the home. The walls, they just looked like they had just tore it down. It was dirty. You could smell the animals, you could smell the fecal matter," Carrillo said.
A police report said the officer smelled a strong odor of animal urine as he walked through the front door and was overwhelmed by fecal matter. If that's not bad enough, the officer reported the house was also infested with cockroaches and the children were covered with fleas.
Paula Day also lives next door.
"The kids were always dirty. They were always out just running wild," Day said.
Day said on several occasions, the children were at her home.
"I feed them just the day before this incident, I had given them food," she said.
Day also said she and other neighbors tried to help the family, but the children's parents never seemed interested.
"We had offered to take them to food banks because they say they didn't have no food. But the mom would never get up and go," she said.
Investigators said officers also found staples sticking up out of the hardwood floor and razor blades and various tools around the home, dangerous for small children to be around. Police said the children's parents are deaf and were aggressive when officers arrived.
There's no word on whether they will face charges.
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