A Horry County, South Carolina, mother and her boyfriend were arrested, and their children were placed in protective custody after officers found their home filled with piles of trash, animal waste, various insects, animals in poor condition, and an “unbearable” odor, according to a police report. The children, who were reportedly covered in bites and sores and appeared to be dirty, were taken into emergency protective custody.
Jenny Lynn Paradis, 43, and 22-year-old Joshua Palmer Vaught were taken into custody Monday. On the porch, there were piles of trash with maggots and a large pile of cat litter that contained feces, according to officials. There were several cats walking freely in and out of the home through a hole in the kitchen window. There was no air conditioning in the home.
Inside the home, officers noticed that the floor was covered in animal urine and feces, and the house was “full of various insects.” There were also several animals in poor condition, including a pit bull, a wild squirrel, and a cat with an infected wound on its head.
The kitchen was filled with dirty dishes, was covered in bugs, and there was trash everywhere, the report continues.
“The odor was unbearable,” the report states.