Woman Jailed In Filthy House Case


UPDATED: Wednesday September 15, 2010 6:42 PM

A woman was sent to jail on Thursday for living in what investigators called a house of filth.

Pictures displayed in court showed rooms filled with food, clothes and what a judge called junk, 10TV's Andy Hirsch reported.

From the outside, the home does not look bad, but neighbors who have seen the inside know better.

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"There's boxes and boxes of just clutter in there," said neighbor Bob Lyons.

Dirt and insect infestations were some of the things inspectors found in the home. 

Health inspectors said they have been working with Emily Evans to get the home cleaned up since last year, but said on Thursday that the conditions inside have not improved much.

"I don't think I can say, clearly, that it's uninhabitable due to the fact that it has water, it does have power, but it is still very unsanitary," health inspector Melissa McArthur.

Evans asked for more time, and said she is dealing with depression, which she said is to blame for the mess.

"I've gotten help with a psychiatrist and I'm noticing a world of difference," Evans said. "And I have made grand improvements on this house sir."

Evans has been in court room at least a dozen times and the board of health has received numerous complaints about her home, Hirsch reported.

Franklin County Environmental Court Judge Harland Hale sentenced Evans to jail for 30 days and ordered her home be cleaned up by the board of health at Evans' expense.

The board of health said it typically takes about three weeks to clean up homes in conditions similar to Evans.

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