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Two Sets of Children Found Living in Squalid Apartments

December 19, 1995

CHICAGO (AP) _ A woman and her daughter were charged with endangering their children after police found eight boys and girls in a filthy apartment with no heat and a locked refrigerator over the weekend.

In a nearby neighborhood, police discovered three young children and two teen-agers Monday living in another squalid apartment littered with toilet paper and buckets of human waste.

The five children, ages 1, 2, 3, 15 and 16, were taken into police custody and may be placed with relatives. Police found them after following the 16-year-old, who had just sold $500 worth of drugs, Lt. Fred Bosse said. The young children weren’t related to the teen-agers.

In the other case, police found the eight children, ranging in age from 10 months to 15 years, after the 15-year-old boy led officers to the apartment Sunday evening, Lt. Richard Aguinaga said.

The children had apparently been alone since Friday afternoon, Aguinaga said. There was no edible food or electricity, the toilet didn’t work and piles of dirty clothes used for bedding filled the apartment, police said.

Phyllis Davis, 31, and her mother, Doris Davis, 47, were charged with four counts each of endangering the health of a child. All eight children were taken into state custody.

Jackie Milton, Doris Davis’ sister, denied that the children were left alone. She said she stopped by the apartment Saturday evening and took her sister to the grocery store.

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