Parents Arrested After Children Found in Deplorable Conditions
By Ethan Calloway
It was at a house in the 1200 block of North 76th East Ave. where police and Department of Human Services officials say they found deplorable conditions, removed three children, and arrested their parents."Best thing that could've happened to them. They need help and they ain't going to get it from them," said one neighbor of the children taken into custody and their parents.Neighbors, who asked to remain anonymous, said the 2-, 3-, and 5-year-old kids living in this house, needed help.Those neighbors say they have seen neglect and living conditions that most animals would not be subjected to.DHS and Tulsa Police say they saw the same things. They arrested Matthew Prior, 27 and Angela Prior, 21 Tuesday on charges of child neglect and obstruction.Officers, apparently, were overtaken by what they came across at the home."Before they could even open the door, there was a smell that they could smell, coming from inside the home. Just an awful stench, basically," said Officer Jillian Roberson with Tulsa Police. She says officers found the children with cockroach and flea bites, feces all over the floors, the odor of urine, and rotting food."This was an extreme case, we would say. When an officer can't even go into the home without gagging because of the stench, that is going to be an extreme case and, you know, if you're not meeting the needs of your own children, that is an extreme situation and, thankfully, we were able to be there and then remove these children from their care," Roberson said.This was not the first time the children have been taken from the couple. The kids were already in state custody when DHS discovered the conditions at the home on Tuesday.Police say more charges could be added as the investigation continues.
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