3 Charged After 5 Kids Found Living In Deplorable Conditions
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Three adults were arrested after five children were found living in deplorable conditions at a home in Clarksville.
Police were called to perform a welfare check at the home on Apex Drive around 3:40 p.m. Thursday after a 911 call about children living in a filthy home.
The officer was allowed inside the home, and saw trash all over the house, including dirty dishes piled in the kitchen. He said it smelled strongly of urine.
Two children, ages one and three, were found unsupervised in the basement with no visible walkway. Two more children, ages seven and nine, were found in a back bedroom that was filled with trash. Officers also found a 15-year-old, who was disabled and confined to a wheelchair, in the living room of the home, with no pathway to move around.
Police contacted the Department of Children's Services, and the children were placed into state custody or with a family member. The home was found to be in a state of environmental neglect.
Tricia Guerra, 31, along with William and Donna Suttles, ages 38 and 56, were arrested and charged with child abuse/neglect. Police said they all lived inside the home with the children. Guerra is the mother of the four younger children, and the Suttles are the parents of the 15-year-old.
All three were booked into the Montgomery County jail. Bond for the Suttles was set at $10,000 each. Guerra was held on $50,000 bond.