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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two parents were booked into the Jackson County Detention Center in Indiana after authorities say their 18-month-old child was found in a home with trash, roaches and feces.

According to an officer's statement, authorities were called to the home of 58-year-old Johnny Tucker and 25-year-old Christina Tucker recently, after someone reported that an 18-month-old child had been living "in horrible living conditions" in a home with "a strong smell" coming from it.

Police say Christina Tucker answered the door, and when she was told that the officers were there to investigate the living conditions, she allegedly replied, "Yeah, we're still cleaning and stuff."

The officers also told her that they needed to see her child because they had received reports that the child was suffering from a diaper rash. At that point, according to the officer's report, Christina Tucker began crying uncontrollably, telling the officers that they had just moved in. She also begged them not to take her baby, according to the report. The officers then entered the house.

According to the report, the stench was so bad, "it was hard to breathe," and trash and dishes were stacked up. Police say Johnny Tucker was lying on a mattress on the floor. Both Johnny and Christina Tucker admitted to being parents of the boy -- and Johnny Tucker gave them permission to look around and take pictures.

"I advised them both that it did not appear that any effort was being made to pick the place up, and that I had contacted Child Protective Services due to the living conditions," the officers wrote in his report. "Christina advised they had spoke with Child Protective Services before and the worker said it wasn't the worst they had seen. I advised Christina the living conditions were bad for anyone, including a child, even if it wasn't the worst someone had seen."

When Johnny Tucker was told that that the living conditions were bad, he allegedly responded, "Yeah, I know it's bad." Both parents told the officers that they would work in cleaning the home while they waited for Child Protective Services to arrive -- and that the home had gotten in that condition in a two-month period.

When a representative from Child Protective Services did arrive, the Tuckers were told that their child would be taken from them. Immediately afterward, the child was taken to a car outside. His diaper had to be changed immediately, because it was full.

Eileen Wise faces a felony child neglect charge, while her husband Brandon faces the same and an outstanding warrant for domestic battery. Witten faces a drug paraphernalia charge, while Hernandez faces disorderly conduct and intimidation charges after police said she threatened neighbors standing outside while she was placed into a jail van.

A team of officials from the Juvenile Court, the sheriff’s office, the Dayton Police Department and Dayton Public Schools visited more than a dozen addresses Thursday morning and afternoon, armed with arrest warrants for 16 parents.

The sweeps team made arrests, but also hit vacant apartments and unattended houses. At one, police didn’t find the wanted parent, but did tow that parent’s car after finding a falsified license registration sticker on it.

Start Right, started in 1996, focuses on children between kindergarten and fourth grade with excessive unexcused absences, defined by law as five days in a row, seven in a month or 12 in a school year.

The parents are charged with misdemeanors, such as a failure to send to school or contributing to educational neglect. They have declined to appear in Juvenile Court and ignored a mailed warning notice that would have prevented their arrests.

The program’s philosophy is that, if you wait until children are of high school age to make them go to school, it’s too late. Brewer said that the program’s success rate fluctuates between 83 and 88 percent, meaning that in more than eight out of 10 cases, the truancy rate declines.

Many different issues come into play, Brewer said. Some of the adults are uneducated themselves, or think that “it’s only kindergarten.” Others have drug or alcohol problems, or are battling severe mental health problems. Some may be homeless and are more focused on finding shelter than getting the kids to school. The goal is to get them the help they need and to get the kids to school, she said.

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This story comes on the heels of a that sparked a firestorm of controversy when a New Canaan woman was charged with felony risk of injury to a child after leaving her 1-and-a-half, 4 and 10-year-old in the care of her 13-year-old for half an hour until the babysitter was scheduled to arrive. Apparently, the 4-year-old got away from the older sibling and was spotted wandering in the neighbor's yard.

In the New Canaan case, a neighbor reported the children to police. Many readers (including myself) were outraged that a neighbor's first response was not to walk the child home but to report it to authorities. Maybe it's just me and maybe it's just that I actually like my neighbors and care about their children but if I spotted a neighbor's 4-year-old in my yard, I would approach the child and take them home without question. 

Not all details are provided so it's easy to jump to conclusions based on speculation but the bottom line is a mother was arrested for a judgment call which the Connecticut Department of Children and Families says is her call to make. In fact, there is no law in the state of Connecticut that gives a minimum age for a child to be left home alone. 

Recommendations are given that say a child should be at least 12 years old to be left alone and 14 to babysit siblings but I must say again…there is no law for this which means it's up to parents to decide if their child is responsible enough and for how long they should be left alone.

Still, due to child safety laws, it's up to police discretion when it comes to deciding if a parent should be charged when children are reported alone, no matter what age. I don't know about you but this sound a little like bait-and-switch. 

Basically, they are saying that as parents, we have a right to decide whether we think our children should be left alone or are able to babysit siblings yet they reserve the right to charge us with criminal intent if someone disagrees with our decision.

I was allowed to stay at home from the age of 10 when I walked home from school and held down the fort until my parents got home at 5. I was a responsible kid and my parents trusted me. Every child is different. Some 12-year-olds are nowhere near mature enough to be left alone and others are ready at 10. It really depends on the child.

I have a daughter who is 10-and-a-half and I enrolled her in an American Red Cross certification class called "When I'm In Charge." The instructor gave us a lot of information about deciding whether she was ready to be left alone. And since my daughter is 10 going on 35, I don't worry much about leaving her alone. It doesn't happen often and when it does, its only for a few minutes at a time and I would never leave her in charge of her siblings but for us, it seems like a natural thing to do.

A social services worker and a hospital nurse were arrested Friday after a North Carolina sheriff's deputy spotted their 11-year-old foster child allegedly chained to their porch with a dead chicken draped around his neck. 

The Union County Sheriff's Office told WCNC-TV that the boy was chained to the porch by his ankle and appeared to be shivering when he was discovered Friday morning by an animal control deputy, who was responding to a complaint about a loose pig. 

Dorian Lee Harper and Wanda Sue Larson, both 57, have each been charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury, false imprisonment, and animal cruelty. Larson, a supervisor for the county's Department of Social Services, faces an additional charge of failing to discharge her duty as a public official. A statement issued by the sheriff's office claimed that Larson was "complicit" in the boy's mistreatment. 

"Makes you wonder what our county officials do in their spare time," neighbor Gene Wallace told WCNC. Wallace also described the family as reclusive and said they kept a variety of animals. "Pigs, donkeys, llamas.. the whole gamut ... If we complain about their animals being on our property they get mad or they won't come to the door when you go over there."

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“What the law does not permit is crossing that line -- from spanking a child to actually beating a child with a thick wooden paddle to the extent that there's serious bruising all over the back of that child,” Mull said.

“That's one of the things that we are looking at right now is -- exactly how long this has been in existence, how long it has been taking children in to house them there, how long these types of disciplinary procedures have been inflicted on children,” Mull said.  

According to a probable cause affidavit, the Department of Child Services was called to the 150 block of West 13 th Street on June 12 about a possible child neglect case. When authorities arrived, the house was in complete disarray with dog feces, cat feces, dirty diapers, trash, dirty clothing, dirty dishes, and an “atrocious smell.”

The probable cause affidavit says that both children showed severe signs of neglect and it appears they were not being fed. The twins are two years and five months old, but they are the size of a seven-month-old baby. They only weighed 16 and 17 pounds.

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When a parent is arrested, a child's life is quickly thrown into disarray. If no one volunteers to be the child's guardian, the child may be placed in foster care. In most states, there is a strong presumption in favor of placing a child with a relative, rather than putting the child in foster care. Legal guardians are responsible for fulfilling the same duties that parents fulfill, such as ensuring the child attends school and tending to the child's medical needs, so guardians should ensure they are prepared to take on these responsibilities.

Contact the agency in charge of foster care placement in your state. In most states, this agency is called Child Protective Services or the Department of Family and Children's Services. When another parent is not available to take custody of a child whose parent is incarcerated, CPS or DFCS often takes temporary custody. Notify them you are a relative or friend interested in seeking guardianship and ask about their procedure. In some states, guardianship must be approved by CPS and CPS may file the relevant court documents.

File a motion for temporary guardianship in the family court of the county where the child currently resides. The petition must indicate the amount of time for which you are seeking guardianship. If you do not know when the parent will be released, state you are seeking guardianship until the parent is released. If you do not state a specific period of time, your state may grant you guardianship for a pre-set period such as a year or six months. This can result in unnecessary disruptions in the child's life.

Answer any questions asked in the guardianship investigation. If the child already lives with you, the court may issue a guardianship order after a brief investigation. If the child does not already live with you, you will need to provide evidence you can provide the child with a stable home. The court may send a court-appointed special advocate, social worker or other expert to conduct an investigation of your home. If the child was previously in CPS custody, CPS may allow the child to live with you on a preliminary basis prior to formally granting guardianship.

Brenna Davis is a professional writer who covers parenting, pets, health and legal topics. Her articles have appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines as well as on websites. She is a court-appointed special advocate and is certified in crisis counseling and child and infant nutrition. She holds degrees in developmental psychology and philosophy from Georgia State University.

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Twenty-one-year-old Felecia Beemer of Warren cried as she appeared in Warren Municipal Court accused of raping her 13-month-old little girl. A baby who was taken away from her immediately after she was born.

Beemer, who is being held on $250,000, has also had three other children removed from her custody, including one-and-a-half year old Tiffany Sue Banks, who died after she was placed in someone else's care.

Beemer is also charged with raping the couple's daughter, a crime caught on videotape when he misplaced the sim card in his cell phone and the baby's aunt Loretta Allen found it, "I freaked out and told my mom to call the cops and children's services."

Not only did the tape show a sex crime against the couple's baby, but Loretta Allen's two-year-old son who has now been removed from her custody was also allegedly a victim. Allen says she's cried all day, "She's not my sister no more. She's not a part of my family for what she did. I want her to go to prison."

Gregory Hicks, Warren's Law Director who was working double duty as a prosecutor on Friday, says the couple could face even more charges, "There are other allegations which we are investigating, that there may in fact be more charges on one or both of these individuals involving minors."

There's also the issue of where the crime happened, inside a visitation room at Trumbull County Children's Services. The Executive Director Nick Kerosky says, "It's an on-going investigation and I can't comment at this time. It's being looked in to and when we can comment we certainly will."

But the questions remain, how could this happen under the watch of an agency that's supposed to protect children, and why was Cody Beemer, a registered sex offender even allowed on the premises of Trumbull County Children's Services?

Addiction is effecting families from all over the valley.  Teenagers are certainly not immune to the to the drug problems in our area. Western Reserve high school students are getting involved by making a video that they hope will shine a light on the addiction problem and encourage people to get help. 

Charges were filed this month against Ashley Swafford, 30, and Andy Swafford, 37, in regard to their 15-month-old son. According to court documents, the boy weighed about the same as an average 3-month-old; his height was where a 7-month-old would be.

The boy’s parents didn’t seem to think there was anything wrong with him and failed to participate in a medical plan recommended by doctors, court documents said. He hadn’t seen a doctor since he was 2 months old; the Swaffords failed to show up at several appointments that had been scheduled.

A case worker contacted the couple and said the child needed to be seen by a doctor by March 14, 2016. Otherwise, the boy would be taken away. An appointment was scheduled for March 10, but the Swaffords didn’t show up, court documents said.

They did take their son to see a Community Health doctor on March 14. It was during that visit that the doctor suspected the boy had an iron deficiency and was malnourished. The doctor said the boy needed to go to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health for further examination.

Doctors at Riley said the boy suffered from “failure to thrive as well as malnutrition, iron deficiency, dehydration and vitamin D deficiency… His home diet of primarily breast milk without complementary solids at this age is a significant cause of his malnutrition and iron deficiency states.”

Records showed doctors were concerned about the breast milk the child was getting, which came from “friends,” court documents said. The medical team also expressed concerns about his physical development, noting low muscle tone and the boy’s inability to sit up on his own. He had not yet learned to walk.

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