Police arrested an Oklahoma mother Thursday after allegedly finding her three young children living in filth.
KWTV reported that an anonymous tip led officers to check on Cynthia Parker, 32, and her three children, ages 10, 9 and, 5. Responding officers said both the inside and outside of the Oklahoma City home was in deplorable condition.
“The home was filthy,” said Officer Megan Morgan, Oklahoma City Police Department. “They described there were feces and urine stains and trash all over the home.”
Police also noted that the residence was difficult to move around and that the children didn’t have beds, according to the local station. KFOR reported that alcoholic bottles were spotted throughout the home.
Parker allegedly told officers that her husband was deployed four months earlier and that she’s trying the best she can.
As police arrested the mother, Department of Human Services (DHS) officials picked up the children from school. They have since been placed in the custody of Ron Simon, a neighbor and part-time minister.
“They don’t need to live in that kind of environment,” he told KWTV. “It is just not healthy.”
Simon claimed the kids have been to his home to play and eat dinner and that he was unaware of the conditions they were living in. Now, he says he’s committed to caring for the three children for as long as it’s needed.
“It could be three months, “ Simon said. “Could be six months, could be a couple of weeks. We don’t know.”
Parker is facing one count of child neglect. The minister said that Parker’s husband, who is in the Air Force, was notified of her arrest and is heading back to Oklahoma City.
[Featured Image: Cynthia Parker/KFOR video screenshot]