Police: Mother Arrested After Roaches, Dog Waste Found In Home
GASTONIA, N.C. -- A Gastonia woman faces child abuse charges after police said they found her children in unhealthy living conditions.
Elizabeth Edwards, 38, was arrested Sunday and is charged with two counts of felony child abuse and one count of misdemeanor child abuse.
An officer was patrolling Green Circle Drive, where Edwards lives, when a 3-year-old ran in front of the patrol car, according to arrest warrants. The child ran to a nearby home, police said, and a few minutes later, Edwards came outside. The officer asked if he could go into her home and she agreed, police said.
The officer found dog waste and dirty diapers all over the house, police said, and noticed a roach infestation.
The misdemeanor charge is related to the 3-year-old being in the street unattended, and the felony charges are related the living conditions inside the home, police said. Edwards also has a 7-year-old son who was living there.
The conditions “resulted in protracted impairment of any mental and emotional function” of the children, according to warrants.
The Gaston County Department of Social Services was contacted, as was Animal Control.