Police remove 3 children from 'deplorable' apartment
Jan. 30, 2016
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police say three children are in state custody after they were found living in "deplorable" conditions.
Police were executing a drug-related search warrant at a King Street apartment around 6 p.m. Friday when they discovered the children, ages 6, 5 and 3.
Police say the apartment was infested with mice, its floors were covered in animal feces and a cat was carrying a live mouse in its mouth.
Police say they found 99 oxycodone pills, two bags of marijuana, cocaine and cash during the search.
Twenty-four-year-old Sheyla Montalvo and 29-year-old Natasha Riley-Murphy are facing drug trafficking charges.
The oldest children are Montalvo's. The 3-year-old belongs to a relative.
The state Department of Children and Families took the children into custody.
The women are scheduled to be arraigned Monday.