A Wisconsin couple facing felony child abuse charges apparently had a long list of complaints to Child Protective Services (CPS) regarding numerous reports of neglect and abuse.
News 8000 reports the Beloit Police Department arrested 40-year-old Heather McCoy and 39-year-old Lakeidric McCoy on one charge of “child neglect resulting in bodily harm” and additional five charges of child neglect. Their arrests came after CPS had already visited their “filthy” home off of the 1200 block of Randall Street in Beloit numerous times in the past.
According to the criminal complaint, Heather McCoy’s daughter spent the night with her mother in March and contacted police after noticing how unsanitary McCoy’s home. The daughter reportedly told police that bags of clothes and trash piled on the kitchen table and rat feces was found all over the kitchen floor and in the refrigerator.
“She stated that in the kitchen area there were garbage bags full of clothes and trash all over the kitchen table; rat feces on the floor and on the refrigerator. She stated that there was trash in bags outside the back door and clothes in the garage and that when she offered to help her mother clean the house, her mother told her to leave it alone.”
Six children, all under the age of five, were living in the home when the suspect’s daughter contacted authorities. Further, two older children and four dogs also lived in the home. Two of the younger children in the home were not biologically related to the suspects, but were reportedly staying there while their mother recovered in a drug treatment facility.
“Officer Hoefs reports that upon entering the residence he smelled a strong odor of mold, garbage, dirty diapers and pet odor in the house,” the complaint continued. “The floors and carpet of the residence were dirty and cluttered with items … There were no toothbrushes for children or adults anywhere in the house, the floors in the bathroom were dirty, the shower appeared to have dirt in it and there were rodent feces on the kitchen table.”
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According to the Wisconsin State Journal, six of McCoy’s children were previously removed from the home in 2010. It’s unclear why they were returned. Per CPS reports, which notes social services visited the family for the first time in 1998, the agency received 40 complaints about the family, screened at least 16 of the complaints with three of the complaints being listed as substantiated.
During the latest visit by Beloit PD, officers noted a plethora of injuries on the children and other issues including:
- A 1-year-old toddler found near access to prescription medication; when an officer picked him up from a playpen, “fruit flies began swarming around him which had been under the spot where he had been laying.”
- A malnourished 3-year-old and 4-year-old who hadn’t eaten breakfast and had marks all over their bodies.
- Seven children shared one room together and slept on two Queen sized beds with “extremely stained and had black spots on them.”
- A 2-year-old was found dehydrated with a 3-inch-long wound on one of his legs.
- A 4-year-old began throwing up after a doctor fed him because he wasn’t used to eating enough food.
- The 1-year-old toddler had not been to a doctor since he was a month old.
“In the kitchen was a large puddle or urine and numerous spots that appeared to be dirt or dried feces as well as rodent feces on the floor and on the kitchen table,” the criminal complaint continued. “One refrigerator in the kitchen, which was not working, was full of old food and containers.”
Both suspects are out on bond and ordered to have no contact with the children. Their next scheduled court appearance is May 16 at 1 p.m.
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[Feature Photo: Heather McCoy and 39-year-old Lakeidric McCoy/Police Handout]