3 Women Charged After Young Children Found Wandering In Street


UPDATED: Thursday July 3, 2014 11:39 PM

Three women face child endangerment charges after deputies found bags of trash, rotten food and filthy conditions throughout their Fayette County home.

"It's hard to reason why anybody would allow the living conditions to disintegrate to that point," Sheriff Vernon Stanforth said.

Deputies say 27-year-old Erin Phillips, 32-year-old Julia Whited, and 33-year-old Devon Sanford put their kids at risk and charged each woman with multiple counts of endangering children.

"You'd think somebody, one of the three, would have said, 'let's clean the place up,' and apparently they chose not to do that," Stanforth said.

The sheriff says his deputies received a call Tuesday evening of five kids between the ages of 4 and 12 wandering unsupervised in the area of Main Street in Bloomingburg.

Deputies say they realized how bad the conditions were after returning the kids to their home.

"Children's Services decided this is not the environment the children need to be in and removed the children," Stanforth said.

Neighbors did not want to talk on camera but told 10TV even the youngest kids in the house would often walk in the streets unsupervised.

Those neighbors also say the children's mothers would mostly keep to themselves inside the house.

Those three women are now out of the Fayette County Jail for the time being, but without the custody of their kids.

"The children were not their priority apparently," Stanforth said.

Each of the women entered not guilty pleas at their arraignments Thursday and posted bond.

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