Children Pulled From Filthy Evansville Home, Parents Arrested

By Kayla Moody

Published 08/17 2014 11:25PM

Updated 08/17 2014 11:53PM

Three young children are pulled from a Vanderburgh County trailer deputies describe as filthy, infested with hundreds of cockroaches, covered in trash and cat feces.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Gavin and Jessica McFall, both 20, at their Westbrook mobile home in the 6100 block of Danville Drive. Each faces three counts of felony child neglect. The children are in the care of their great grandfather.

Probable cause affidavits reveal stomach-churning details of the living conditions in which deputies say the couple was raising their children. It says their home was covered in cat urine, cat feces and "trash piled approximately four feet in height and extending approximately the width of the trailer."

Inside the kitchen, deputies found dirty dishes and food scattered throughout the room. Many of it, an officer noted, was swarming with cockroaches. "Cockroaches of all shapes and sizes were crawling across everything inside the kitchen," wrote Deputy Nathan Baehl in the report. "Cockroaches were even found inside the refrigerator and freezer. A skillet on top of the stove contained old oil with approximately 100 dead cockroaches."

"It should be noted that while inside the residence cockroaches fell off the ceiling and onto my head multiple times," said Baehl. "Also multiple cats jumped onto my legs and scratched my skin."

According to the affidavit, deputies found one of the couple's children sleeping in a roach infested play pen. "I observed multiple live cockroaches crawling across his body while he slept. I also observed several dead cockroaches inside the Pack and Play," said Baehl.

In the report, Baehl writes that Gavin McFall admitted to knowing the home was filthy and had a severe cockroach problem, explaining that he "stopped cleaning the residence because nobody else contributed."

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