Sheriff's deputy says Telford man allowed three children to live in filth

Becky Campbell • Aug 31, 2013 at 9:15 PM

A Telford man wanted on a driving charge was arrested Thursday, but with additional charges of child neglect after a sheriff's deputy found three children living in filth in his home, according to records.

Michael R. Hill, 39, 180 Stockyard Rd., was first arrested on an outstanding warrant for driving on a suspended license, but was also charged with three counts of child abuse and neglect. Two of the counts are misdemeanors and the third is a felony because of the child’s age.

According to a court document, Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy John Foister responded to Hill’s residence on the warrant, but immediately saw a lot of trash on the property and detected a foul odor coming from the house.

Read the complaint.

When Foister got Hill in custody, he could plainly see inside the house and noticed trash and “what appeared to be excrement on the floors of the home.”

Three children — a 17-year-old, an 8-year-old and a third whose age was not given — were also in the house, according to Foister.

He noted in the warrant that the teen lived there all the time but the two younger children were only there on the weekends. Due to the holiday weekend, Hill already had the younger children with him.

Given the trash and excrement Foister saw and the foul odor, he searched the residence.

“Immediately I found large mounds of dirty clothes in every room along with spoiled food and dishes. Also visible were several mounds of what appeared to be animal excrement located in the living area and the kitchen of the residence. The bathroom also had stains from where I believe excrement was never cleaned from the floor and disintegrated on it’s own,” Foister wrote in the court record.

He also saw rat feces in a bedroom closet, trash piled in rooms and walkways of the house and noticed a “pungent” smell of urine throughout.

The Department of Children’s Services was called to make arrangements for the children.

Hill was to be arraigned in Washington County General Sessions Court today. He was being held on a $12,000 bond.

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