A seven-year-old Massachusetts girl has been rescued from a home filled with trash and animal feces and is now in the care of child services.
The girl’s mother, Kristen D. Paquette, 32, and grandmother Debra A. Paquette, 54, have each been charged with reckless child endangerment.
Alerted by an anonymous call about the welfare of the girl, police arrived at the house in Newburyport on the weekend and found absolute squalor, with the officers describing the living conditions as “deplorable”. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. This single-family home in Newburyport, Massachusetts, was condemned on Sunday afternoon after police received an anonymous call voicing concern over the seven-year-old’s well-being.
2. This room, believed to be that of the little girl, had a bed with no mattress that was covered in trash.
Apart from the unnamed seven-year-old girl, an 84-year-old woman also lived at the house. Kevin Martin of the Newburyport Police Department told My Fox Boston:
The kitchen was probably the worst. Absolutely horrendous conditions.
Police said the residents clearly had a problem with hoarding.
Officers found piles of trash, clothes and toys which left barely any room in the home and only one way in and out.
3. Police said they found “deplorable and disgusting” conditions inside the home when they went to investigate on Sunday.
4. Piles of trash, toys and clothing littered the house, which was swarming with flies, police said.
Flies were swarming around the trash and animal feces littered the floor.
The house has now been marked as condemned after police completed the search on Sunday. Newburyport health director Robert Bracey told WDHD:
It’s a hoarding situation where the Board of Health felt it was necessary to condemn the dwelling unit.
Neighbors told My Fox Boston that they never saw the girl outside. One resident said:
I’m not even sure she got to go to school. I go up and down this road constantly, I never saw a child.
5. The house at 8 Strong Street in Newburyport was marked as condemned after police rescued the young girl from it on Sunday.
6. Toys are seen here stacked up outside the “dirty” house on Strong St this week.
A police officer said he had never seen anything like it. He told NECN:
It really was beyond description. It was just a lot of piles of trash and everything imaginable.
From a human being standpoint it just baffled me as to why anyone would allow a child of that age to be living under those conditions.
7. A health authority officer describes the Newburyport house of squalor.
See the full video at WDHD.
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