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‘You just broke up a family’: Lake Stevens couple accused of leaving kids in filthy house respond (VIDEO)

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LAKE STEVENS, Wash. — After they were arrested, the Lake Stevens couple accused of leaving their kids alone in a filthy house answered police questions about their living conditions and their children.

Mark Dorson and Amanda Foley were interviewed separately by Lake Stevens Police last month.

On the taped interviews released Monday, Dorson told a detective it was “bad timing” when officers came to their home filled with garbage and feces.

“I think my house never ever, ever looks like that,” said Dorson.

Inside, police found a 7-year-old and a 3-year-old along with a baby living in deplorable conditions. No adults were home and the baby was locked in an upstairs bedroom, according to police. Investigators said the child was dehydrated and suffering from hypothermia.

The couple claimed they asked a neighbor to watch the kids while they briefly left the home.

When asked why they still lived in the house, Foley told investigators they had nowhere else to go.

“I mean, what are we supposed to do, take our kids and live on the street where they are not going to be warm?” asked Foley.

The detective responded, “Honestly, Amanda, that would have probably been safer.”

Video taken inside the house on Jan. 30 by detectives showed shattered glass and animal feces everywhere.

Both Foley and Dorson told the detective they have made attempts to clean up the property.

After the kids were removed from the home, police said they couldn’t find the couple. When asked, Dorson said, “We needed a couple of days, I mean, you just broke up a family.”

He added, “My wife is an emotional wreck.”

Both have entered pleas of not guilty and remain in jail.

The children were placed in state custody.

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11 comments

  • Joleen

    I just read the released documents. These two blame everyone else around them. The oldest child seven reported to the er staff she hadn’t had a bath since she was FIVE! She kept asking for a shower for herself and baths for her brothers! How could you keep food in the garage but left your cabinets so bare there were spiders and webs?! How could you Foley get $600 a month in food stamps and Dorson 200 and not feed your children?! Let the go potty in a toilet that was full of feces! How could you not provide heat? How does your ten month old weigh in at 2%? No guys the police and cps didnt make you sound like the bigges pos (which you were more concerned with than your kids since you hid out in the backyard and watched them being taken by ambulance and never called to find out how they were) your actions make you the biggest pos!!!

  • Kat

    Calling BS here. When I was a single mom, could have provided financially, but work schedule was swing. How do you help them get homework done? How do you make sure they are eating? How do you make sure they are in bed? I sent them to their dad and his wife. I would have sent them to any other relative if that wasn’t an option. Bottom line it was the HARDEST thing I ever had to do and it HURT myself and my children but I could not provide all of the essentials that they needed. This is just neglect…but neglect for children is so sad. Those kids need to be somewhere else. Cannot break up a family if it is not really a family. They should be ashamed of themselves and pay their price.

    • Impressed

      Just wanted to say that your actions are those of a truly loving mother; one who puts her children ahead of herself, even if it means making the heartbreaking choice of being away from them. I wish more parents made unselfish choices like you did. As parents, we are responsible for their well-being – and sometimes that means that we make the hardest decisions of our lives in the interest of giving them what they need. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Sally

    Broke up a family?!?!? More like broke off their drug money… Typical addict mentality. Probably selling their food stamps for drugs. Wirh all the programs available, there is NO excuse for how these kids/babies were surviving. >I refuse to use the term “living” <. The sad part is, they can just have more kids… Hoping infertility suddenly sets in for both.

  • Cindy Russell

    We as a society have allowed this attitude of “it’s not my fault, it’s (insert someone else’s name) fault”. Why? Because someone thinks the “playing field” needed leveling and everyone is a winner, which is totally opposite of reality. You are always going to have winners and losers. That’s just life. And to blame other people for your bad choices, that’s just lame.

  • Dejah Thoris

    She was my best friend in high school. I never would have thought she’d do this to her kids. Now she’s just a piece of garbage that abuses and neglects her poor innocent children. She had plenty of people she could have called for help. And on top of that, Mark’s mother and her own mother were completely aware of what was happening and did nothing. I’m not surprised; Amanda’s mom was always a horrible parent.