Iowa police have arrested a woman and accused her of forcing her children and animals to live in squalid conditions, reports Des Moines news station KCCI.
On Monday, officers were called to the Des Moines home of Destinee Miller, 25, after responding to a report that three young children were playing in parking lot without an adult present. One witness reportedly told authorities that the kids had been left alone for over an hour.
Upon entering the home, investigators reportedly found a 4-year-old attempting to play parent and take care of his two-year-old sister and one-year-old brother. Police also said that the children were living in substandard conditions, noting that the 2-year-old was “naked and covered in feces from head to toe.”
The 1-year-old was also wearing a full diaper that needed to be changed.
Miller was nowhere to be found, according to court documents. The 4-year-old told police he was trying to make breakfast to feed his siblings. He said his “mommy left and it was just them,” and that he took them outside after the oven made a sound that scared him while he was trying to prepare food for his siblings.
Police reportedly found the kitchen was filled with dirty dishes and spoiled food, along with the hot oven. Additionally, police were forced to call the Animal Rescue League after finding several malnourished dogs. The ARL ended up impounding four dogs, all of whom tested positive for parvovirus, which is spread via feces.
When the 25-year-old finally showed up, she reportedly told police that she was at the vet’s office because another dog was infected with parvovirus and had to be put down.
Child Protective Services(DHS) removed the three children from the home and Miller was charged with three counts of child endangerment. She is being held at the Polk County Jail.
[Featured Image: Polk County Jail]