Children removed, parents arrested after found living in filth

2012-06-12T14:36:00Z Children removed, parents arrested after found living in filthBy Jeff Burton jeff.burton@nwi.com, (219) 548-4354 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | Three children were removed from their home and their parents arrested after police said they were found living in deplorable conditions.

Portage police were called to the 5900 block of Houston Avenue about 8:30 a.m. Monday where a woman saw a neighbor's crying child walking in the street, nearly hit by a car.

"I can't find my mommy," the crying 5-year-old girl reportedly told officers as she opened the door.

Officers said the inside of the home was "in disarray," with ants crawling on the sticky floors and dirty clothes and dishes strewn about.

Police went into the living room and reportedly found an infant asleep in a swing and his 2-year-old brother asleep on the couch.

Officers said with temperatures nearing 90 degrees, none of the home's windows were opened and the air conditioning wasn't turned on, causing the home to be uncomfortably warm.

Police said there was also a strong odor of mold along with alcohol containers and decaying food found throughout the second floor.

Officers headed to the basement, where they said they found Kyle Witten, 21, and Jasmine Hernandez, 20, asleep in bed.

Police said when Hernandez awoke, she became argumentative and started shouting at officers, who found a marijuana grinder and a smoking pipe near their bed.

Officers also found the father of the three children, Brandon Wise, 28, in a laundry room.

While speaking to the three, police said the mother, Eileen Wise, 26, arrived home and began yelling at officers.

Police said a Department of Child Protective Services caseworker came to the home and removed the three children due to their living conditions and the fact all three have health problems.

Police said all four adults were arrested and taken to Porter County Jail.

Eileen Wise faces a felony child neglect charge, while her husband Brandon faces the same and an outstanding warrant for domestic battery. Witten faces a drug paraphernalia charge, while Hernandez faces disorderly conduct and intimidation charges after police said she threatened neighbors standing outside while she was placed into a jail van.

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