DHS removes kids from home filled with filth, feces and roaches | Crime
A Jonesboro couple faces child endangerment charges after police say they found their home covered in filth, feces and roaches.
Nathan R. Casebeer, 31, and Natosha L. Casebeer, 28, are charged with four counts of first degree endangering the welfare of a minor, which is a felony.
The couple was arrested Saturday afternoon following a welfare check at their home in the 300-block of North Allis.
Officer Keri Varner was dispatched to the home after someone called the police department to report two children and an infant were there without supervision.
According to Officer Varner’s initial report, when she arrived at the home she found two boys, ages 10 and 7, playing in the front yard. When she asked where their parents were, they reportedly said their father was at work and their “mother was gone swimming.” The boys said they had gone with a neighbor to get backpacks for school and when they returned, their mom was gone.
Officer Varner said she noticed the front door was open and she could smell “a foul, pungent odor.” One of the boys told her the “house was really stinky so he was airing it out.”
When Officer Varner entered the home, she reported five dogs “came out from behind the couch and chair.” There was also a large mattress on the floor of the living room. According to her report, “there was large amounts of trash laying everywhere and food in the floor.” She also reported “numerous roaches running around on the floor and carpet.” She also saw roaches running up the walls.
In a bedroom Officer Varner said she found a mattress against the wall and a baby bed with numerous things in it. There was also trash on the floor and dog feces. In the bathroom she found a baby bottle in the sink and some formula. She said the toilet “had not been flushed in some time. There was toilet paper and feces and bugs in the toilet.” In the bathtub, Officer Varner found several roaches crawling over toys, razors, trash and corn.
In another bedroom she found three beds, covered with trash and clothes. On the floor was dog urine and feces.
Officer Varner then went into the kitchen where she found a “huge bag of trash” spilling over and a turkey carcass in the floor. She also found pans of old food with flies, both dead and alive, in them. “There were roaches running on the refrigerator,” Officer Varner reported. When she opened the door she found “dead roaches and other bugs.” The kitchen sink was also full of trash, as well as live and dead bugs.
According to her report, the flies were so thick in the kitchen, “you had to swat them away from you.”
There was another room past the kitchen; but, Officer Varner said she “could not walk in because of the bags of trash and clothes.”
After examining the home, Officer Varner contacted the Department of Human Services. While waiting for them to respond, she said Natosha Casebeer arrived with a male friend and her two younger children, a three year old and an infant.
As soon as she got out of the car, Officer Varner said Casebeer began to yell at the two boys, saying “What have ya’ll been telling them now.”
When Nathan Casebeer arrived home, Officer Varner said he “did not appear to be too concerned.” He reportedly said “he had been trying to get them out of the house and that he had been working on cleaning the house.”
Soon after DHS worker Barbara Todd arrived and Officer Varner explained the situation to her. After walking through the home, Todd ordered the children be removed from the home. Animal control also responded to the scene and removed the dogs from the house. Code Enforcement was also notified.
After DHS took possession of the children, Officer Varner arrested the Casebeers without incident and took them to the Craighead County Detention Center to await a probable cause hearing.
Photos provided by Craighead County Sheriff's Office.