Wednesday, May 21, 2008
A mother of three has been arrested and charged with child endangerment after Austin police found the children covered in feces and their apartment full of trash and moldy food, officials said.
Bail for Stacey Langley, 35, was set at $10,000 on the state jail felony charge, which carries up to two years behind bars.
According to an arrest affidavit filed Tuesday, no food was in the refrigerator or cabinets, and human waste was spread throughout the North Austin apartment.
Langley told officers that she knew the apartment "was messy," the affidavit said.
Police went to the apartment at 8028 Gessner Drive, near U.S. 183 and Interstate 35, on March 13 after a Child Protective Services investigator contacted them. The children, aged 7, 3 and 2, were being removed from the home because of "unsanitary living conditions," the affidavit said.
One of the children appeared to be sitting in a "nest" in the apartment, officers said.
The assistant apartment manager told investigators that she had been trying to contact residents of the apartment because water was leaking from the unit into a downstairs apartment.
When she went to the apartment, the assistant manager told police, she noticed a strong smell of urine and saw one of the children urinating on the floor.
She told police that she could not walk in the apartment "without stepping on trash or feces."
The manager then called CPS.