Eleven children were removed from a Michigan home Monday after authorities reportedly found some of them eating animal feces and cereal off the floor.
The Detroit Free Press reported that all but one of the eleven children—a 3-month-old—remained hospitalized as of Tuesday. The baby is in stable condition. The remaining 10 children are in the custody of Child Protective Services.
According to The Macomb Daily, the children were suffering from nausea, vomiting, weakness, and respiratory distress. Fire Commissioner Wilburt McAdams said a woman, who was also hospitalized, brought three of most seriously ill kids to the hospital Monday. This reportedly led doctors to call first responders to the Warren home at 2 p.m. to check on the other residents.
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“The kids weren’t presenting any real distress, no life-threatening illness,” McAdams said. “A couple of them look a little underweight.”
A 10-year-old girl reportedly told firefighters that there were no issues moments before the children’s grandmother arrived. While responders took the children’s vitals and found no alarming health issues, McAdams said they took them to the hospital as a precaution.
“Neighbors reported that the family had lived there about one month and had seen children playing outside today and they seemed normal and were surprised by all of us showing up,” McAdams said.
McAdams noted that the 10-year-old was the oldest child at the home. He also claimed cereal and animal feces was littered all over the floor, according to the Free Press.
“The house smelled of urine,” the commissioner added.
Officials said the children rescued Monday were all 11 years old or younger. Authorities are still investigating what caused the three children to fall ill Monday.
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