NEW BRITAIN — The parents of a four-month-old girl and her two-year-old half sister were arrested Tuesday after police found the family living in a squalid multi-family house, surrounded by rotting garbage and dog feces, police said.
Conditions of the building at 408 East St. were so deplorable that city officials deemed it uninhabitable and had power and gas services shut off, said Capt. Thomas Steck
“It’s not where you’d want to have kids,” said Steck.
Christopher Rogers, 20 and Tawana Edwards, 23, were each charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor.
The four-month-old girl is their daughter while the a two-year-old is Edward’s daughter, police said. The Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident.
Officers went to the building on Tuesday to investigate a domestic incident. They found no evidence of a domestic, but were alarmed by the conditions of first-floor apartment where Rogers and Edwards were living with the girls, Steck said.
In addition to garbage and dog feces, officers found water flowing steadily from a pipe that seemed to have burst a while ago, he said.
Similar conditions were found on the second floor where relatives of Rogers and Edwards lived. Urine from two English pit bulls on the second floor seeped through the ceiling to the first floor, he said. Water also seeped from the second floor to the first floor and the basement.
The building is owned by a relative who lives out of state. Only the first and second floors were occupied, police said.
The officers called fire and building inspectors who determined the building is not habitable until significant repairs are made.
By Hilda Muñoz, Hartford Courant