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Five Children Removed from Dirty Home

Updated: Wednesday, November 20 2013, 10:47 PM EST
HAMILTON, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- Five children are in the care of Butler County Children Services after a neighbor found a toddler wandering alone.

But police say that was just the tip of the iceberg.  Local 12's Jeff Hirsh has what officers found in the child's home.

Imagine a toddler, 18-months-old, dressed only in a onesie wandering around in the cold in an ally on Dayton St. in Hamilton.  That's what happened at 10p.m. Tuesday. 

When police went to the house where the child lived they ended up taking all five children, including the toddler found on the street, to Children's Services.  All were under the age of ten.

Conditions of the house the children were found in were absolutely deplorable. 

A neighbor called to report the child saying, "He's holding a little red cup and his little hands are beet red, I bet he's been out here a couple of hours. I'm getting ready to pick him and hold him because he's shivering to death."

Detective Richard Burkhardt of the Hamilton County Police Department said of the police officer on the scene, "When he got there he just didn't think it was a safe environment for children to live in.  As far as like, no running water, no electricity, and it's getting pretty cold outside right now.  He said there was only a kerosine heater to heat the whole place." 

Because the house had no running water, officers found a bucket being used as a toilet. 

There have been on charges filed but the situation is being monitored as possible child endangering.  The investigation is still ongoing.

Police are still looking for answers to why the power and water to the home were off.

Video HEREFive Children Removed from Dirty Home


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