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Iowa mom who let 7 kids live in squalor gets probation

December 3, 2018

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa woman accused letting seven children live surrounded by garbage, rotten food and feces has been given probation.

Dubuque County court records say 35-year-old Tiesha Martin pleaded guilty last month to seven counts of child endangerment. She was given two years of probation and deferred judgments. Deferred judgments allow Martin’s convictions in the case to be removed from court records if she fulfills her probation terms.

The records say police and a social worker checking on the children at Martin’s Dubuque residence Jan. 2 found the squalid conditions and say the children were sharing just one bedroom and bed.

Jermaine Watson is the father of Martin’s youngest child, and he pleaded guilty to child endangerment and two drug counts. He’s been given two years of probation.

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