Bandera, TX – A 5-day-old baby was removed from a Texas home last week after authorities discovered the condition of the home. The investigation of the home was prompted by a Bandera EMS call for a sick woman on April 27. Upon arriving and seeing the conditions of the home, Bandera EMS called the police.
In his report, Bandera Police Lt. Neil McLean described the kitchen as “unusable…any countertop space was covered with trash and maggots… empty whiskey bottles laying around as well as dog feces laying throughout the residence.” Mclean reported that the bathroom had “standing feces in the toilet and approximately five to seven inches of feces in the bath tub [pictured]. The bathroom floor was covered in feces.”
Invesigators reported that the baby was left alone in a baby carrier on a bed in the master bedroom while the parents sat on a couch in their front yard. The report described that the 5-day-old appeared unbathed.
“You could tell by the umbilical cord that the baby was not bathed,” Police Chief James Eigner said. “A newborn can get a fatal infection from an uncleaned umbilical cord.”
Eigner said the newborn’s mother, 23, was transported to the hospital after complaining that she could not breathe. The father, 25, was taken to the police department. According to the police report, the father brought a bottle of curdled milk with him to feed the baby. The police report described drug paraphenalia near the infant’s crib.
Eigner said this is the third baby of this couple removed by Child Protective Services. The other two were also taken as infants and adopted by their grandmother. CPS released custody of the newborn to a family member.
No charges have been filed against the either of the child’s parents, but McLean said police are continuing its investigation.Tags: Child Endangerment, Child Neglect, feces, filthy home, Negligence