Mom arrested, child removed from "unlivable conditions" | Crime
Police arrested a Jonesboro woman Tuesday morning after they said her 3-year-old child was found wandering around the neighborhood in a dirty diaper. What officers found inside the home took their breath away.
Around 8 a.m. officers were called to the 200-block of East Nettleton. The caller told police a child, wearing a dirty diaper, had appeared at her door.
When Officer Scott Rose asked the child if she would take him to her mommy, he said she shook her head and said “I can’t see Mommy,” according to his report.
Officer James Ebbert then arrived on the scene and the two officers went door-to-door searching for the child’s mother.
When they found her, the officers said 21-year-old Dorothy V. Jones appeared to be “under the influence of some type of narcotics.”
Jones told the police she had taken some prescription cough medicine, according to the report.
The officers then entered the home and noticed it had an “ammonia odor so strong from all the cat urine making it hard to breathe without choking,” Rose reported.
He also stated “cat litter, prescription pill bottles, spoiled food, cat feces, trash and much more” were scattered all about the apartment.
“The trash and debris left nowhere to sit or sleep,” Rose reported.
While checking the home, the officers said they found several prescription bottles of sleeping pills and cough medicine on the bed. They also reported finding a handmade wooden marijuana pipe with residue.
In the child’s room the officers said they found “soiled clothing and trash, along with toys all over the room.” They reported the little girl’s bed was on the floor, “soiled and very dirty. It had no fitted sheets and strong odor was coming from the bed. What blankets were on the bed appeared to be soiled and very dirty,” Rose reported.
The police officer described the apartment as being “in unlivable conditions for any human being.”
Two cats were also discovered in the home. Rose said they “appeared to be healthy and living well.”
The two police officers then contacted the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and Agent Brannigan Carrick responded to the scene.
After observing the scene, then interviewing the witnesses and the mother, the agent determined it would be in the child’s best interest if she were taken into DCFS custody.
After the child was removed from the home, officers then arrested Jones.
She was taken to the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office where she was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.
At last report, Jones was being held in lieu of $790 surety bond for the two charges.
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