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2 children removed from Tacoma home due to ‘unfit’ living conditions

Tacoma momTACOMA – Two children were removed from an apartment after police found them living in unfit conditions.

A neighbor said around 11: 30 p.m. Monday he heard screaming and then called police. Authorities arrived and found two children, ages five and 14 inside the home alone. Police said there was cat and dog feces and urine in several places and they felt it was unhealthy for the children to be there; the family owns three cats and one dog.

The children were handed over Child Protective Services and police said the children’s mother was located. She told police has been working at a friends home to earn money to buy food and supplies for the pets.

The mother said she cleaned up the mess in her apartment and is contacting Child Services to get her children back.

Police said it is unlikely the woman will be charged and the children will most likely be returned to her custody.

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9 Comments to “2 children removed from Tacoma home due to ‘unfit’ living conditions”

    Ktl said:
    February 19, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Don't give those kids back..they will be found alone again or dead from an abusive boyfriend..

    T-Tink said:
    February 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    The oldest was 14 years old; really???? A 14 year can babysit. The parent is a working parent and she's trying. For goodness sakes. Help her out instead of making things worse for her. Granted, they might want to keep up with the cleaning….

    Beth said:
    February 19, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    I have three cats and one dog and there is not feces or urine all over my house… there is no excuse for that

    John said:
    February 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    There is no excuse for neglect.

    Nichole said:
    February 19, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    While there is no excuse for neglect..I must say, I see nothing neglectful in what I have seen or read regarding this so far…she is a mother that was out trying to earn money. Her 14 year old could babysit the younger, and perhaps, should be helping out cleaning up after the pets. I have children and pets, I work, and yet, still I struggle to get my 13 year old to clean up anything. When I was a kid, we had chores and consequences if we didn't get them done. Today, as parents, we cannot even spank our children without the threat of going through exactly what this mother is going through now. Sometimes, it seems as though we are in a lose-lose situation.

      Mr Holmes said:
      February 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Great Comment and a Real one too

    anonymous said:
    February 24, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    From what i was told by a family member this is not a working parent , she is on disability the work was for a friend , or so she said, and she was supposedly buying food for the animals . What about the fact that there was no food in the house for the kids that was not mentioned . Along with some other facts such as the older children possibly being abused by boyfriends.

    anonymous said:
    February 24, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    I have also been told this is not the first incident

    anonymous said:
    June 2, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    The 5 year old has been placed with the father and is doing well.

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