Two people were arrested Wednesday night after police found two small children left alone in a Greenwood apartment.
Alicia Jones, 28, of 207 New Market St., Greenwood, and Antonio Puckett, 33, of 326 Ashcroft Drive, Greenwood, were charged with unlawful conduct toward a child in connection with the incident.
Officers responded to the female suspect's residence at New Haven Apartments after receiving reports a 1-year-old and 7-year-old were left alone there. According to a Greenwood police report:
Officers responded and found the two young girls living in squalor inside the apartment. Officers noted beer bottle caps, condom wrappers, old and moldy food products, fecal matter, piles of clothing and mice droppings scattered across the floor in several rooms. The report also indicated the smell of feces in the bathroom was "horrendous," and there were several cockroaches and insects seen on the floors, walls and ceiling.
The 7-year-old girl told police she was asleep when her mother left, and the male suspect - her mother's boyfriend - told her he would "be right back" about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday before leaving. The mother returned to the apartment just before 10 p.m. and told police she did not know why the man left the children alone. She said she left a few hours before to visit a family member's house.
Officers questioned the male suspect, who said he agreed to watch the children, but left minutes after female suspect was gone. He said the children were not his and he had "stuff he needed to do."
Records indicated a 10-year-old male also lived at the residence. Officials from the Department of Social Services were called to the scene to investigate the living conditions for the children. The report noted one of the DSS agents walked through the apartment and was "disgusted" by the squalor. Agents observed a severe diaper rash on the infant, which seemed to be the result of long-term maltreatment. DSS officials determined the conditions were not fit for the children to be living in and made arrangements for the three children to be relocated to a different home.