A woman is accused of endangering three children after officers say they found deplorable living conditions in a home.
An arrest report states Georgetown police were called to the home after someone reported that three children, ages 5, 4 and 2, were left outside for an extended period of time unsupervised.
The witness stated the three children were called inside the home before the officer arrived on the scene.
Police knocked on the door and asked to talk to the children’s mother, 27-year-old Sarah Herald. An officer stated the three children were in the living room “rolling around in copious amounts of trash, discarded food, and crawling cockroaches.”
Police also say there was cat feces on the floor, and the three children and their clothes were “extremely dirty.”
An officer walked through the home and found large numbers of cockroaches, dead insects and insect feces. There were also large numbers of dead cockroaches inside the refrigerator. The mother claimed she tried to spray for bugs, but it didn’t work. She also claimed to spray for bugs in the refrigerator.
Child protective services responded to the home and placed the children with other family members.
Herald was lodged in the Scott County Detention Center and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree criminal abuse.