Deputy: Toddlers Lived Among Roaches, Trash In Filthy Home

By Kayla Moody

Published 08/18 2014 10:29PM

Updated 08/18 2014 10:36PM

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, ages 3, 2, and 10 months, 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."

"It's just crazy," said Becky Westerfield, who lives nearby. "I mean four doors down and you would never think that it would happen. I knew the outside was nasty but I didn't know what the inside was like."

For months neighbors looked at the outside of the home as an eyesore, never knowing the sickening revelation they'd learn about the young children's living conditions inside. "Kinda makes you wanna throw up," added Westerfield.

According to the affidavit, deputies found a 10-month-old child 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.

"How can you have a baby and treat it like that? It's terrible," said Joyce Goode, a Westbrook resident. "There is no way people can be that lazy and that dirty."

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

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