Parents arrested and four children removed from cockroach infested home

A man and a woman from Kentucky are facing charges after their home and four children’s beds were found infested with cockroaches and cockroach filth.

Sean Landrey, 38, and Jessica Downs, 31, were arrested after Louisville police officers were dispatched to the Summer Creek Drive home on Thursday to carry out a welfare check.

When police arrived, officers found ‘a severe amount of clutter and trash throughout the inside of the residence’ and furniture that had cockroaches, cockroach feces and bedbugs on it, according to a citation, as reported by the Lexington Herald Leader.

Landrey and Downs are charged with second-degree criminal abuse and endangering the welfare of a minor. 

Courtesy of WDRB 

Officers had gone to the home after they were notified that a 7-year-old girl had come to school with a cut on her lip, police said. 

Two children, 4 and 5 year-old boys were discovered to be sharing a small bed that was too small, with a 7-year-old girl sleeping on a single twin bed next to them. 

The mattresses were found to be swarming with dead and living cockroaches as well as their feces and bed bugs, according to police. 

The children reportedly told officers the bugs ‘crawl on them and bite them’ while they sleep. 

A 2-year-old child was removed from a crib in the couple’s room wearing extremely dirty clothing. 

Police say a cockroach was underneath the child’s head when they removed the toddler from the crib.

Hundreds of baby cockroaches were found in the crib, police said in the citation. ‘Officers believed that the feces were in the amount of thousand plus,’ the citation read. 

It isn’t clear what Downs relationship is to the children but according to the arrest citation, Landrey is father to one of the children and the caretaker to the other three children. 

The children were released to the grandmother, ‘who is fully cooperating with law enforcement,’ WLKY reported.

Landrey and Downs have been placed in Louisville Metro Corrections on $10,000 bonds.





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