Struthers woman charged with child endangerment after children found in 'beyond deplorable' conditions
A Struthers woman is charged with child endangerment after police say three children were found living in "beyond deplorable" conditions.
According to a police report from Struthers PD, officers were dispatched to a home on the 200 block of Marion Avenue shortly before 6:00 p.m. after neighbors spotted two small children walking on the roof of the home after pushing out a screen.
Neighbors provided officers with cell phone video showing the children on the roof.
Police say they tried knocking on the door of the residence numerous times, but got no response. Eventually, a woman identified as 21-year-old Skyler Secre answered the door while holding a baby.
Secre allegedly told officers she did not hear them knocking on the door.
According to the report, when questioned about her children being on the roof, Secre told officers that she went downstairs to make the baby a bottle and when she came back up, her four-year-old and five-year-old children had made their way onto the roof.
Police say the home was filled with trash piled about five feet high in several areas. Officers described the amount of trash and debris scattered throughout the yard and home as "obscene."
Additionally, police say there was a large kitchen knife in an area easily accessible to children and the doorway to the basement was laying on the stairs not securing the stairway from children. Police say the basement was littered with trash and toys.
According to police, the upstairs of the home strongly smelled of human urine. Police also say the master bedroom had plates of uneaten food that appeared to have been there for days.
Police went on to say that Secre's mother, who is the owner of the home stopped staying there due to the poor living conditions.
Secre was taken to the Mahoning County Jail where she was charged with endangering children. She was arraigned on this charge on Friday and bond was set at $100,000.
The four-year-old and five-year-old were both turned over to Secre's mother and the baby was turned over to Mahoning County Children Services.
Following an investigation, temporary emergency investigation temporary emergency custody of all three children was given to Secre's stepfather.
Secre is due back in court on November 6 for a trial.