Grandmother Charged in Case of Three Kids Found in 'Disgusting' Home

Janet Friend

Tulsa Police have made a third arrest in a case involving three children found living in filthy conditions in a north Tulsa home.

Police arrested 57-year-old Janet Friend around 10 a.m. Thursday.

Friend is the maternal grandmother of the three children, ages 2, 3 and 5, who were found on Tuesday at a home in the 1200 block of N. 76th St. East.

The home, where the three children lived with Friend and the parents' children, was filled with trash, dirty diapers, spoiled food, broken glass and electrical hazards, authorities said.

According to police, the home also had a cockroach infestation, including a nest of cockroaches above a child's bed, crawling throughout the kitchen and on food that had been left out on the counter.

A booking report states officers found "cockroaches crawling on their uniforms after leaving the residence" and "a bathroom completely engulfed by flies."

Police were called to the home by the Department of Human Services for a welfare check of the children when the found the living conditions and took parents Matthew and Angela Prior into custody.

According to police, the children were in DHS custody but had been placed back in the home to "attempt reunification."

Friend was the primary caregiver and "failed to provide a safe, secure environment for her grandchildren," police said.

Friend is behind held on a $75,000 bond and facing three counts of child abuse/neglect.

27-year-old Matthew and 21-year-old Angela Prior also face the same charges.

The children are back in protective custody.