A father of three children who were removed from his home states that the conditions were all a misunderstanding, according to a reporter.
The 30-year-old man, who recently graduated from nursing school and is now seeking employment has sole custody of his three children, aged 6, 4 and 2 following a divorce from his wife. His ex-wife called police, stating that she received threatening messages from him and that he sounded drunk.
When police arrived to the man’s house to investigate, the home was found in disrepair. Authorities describe seeing rotting food, mice and mice feces and pieces of wood with nails scattered around the home. Because of the living conditions, authorities removed the children from the home and placed them with the man’s parents. The man was charged with three counts of felony neglect of a dependent and domestic violence, states a court order. He posted a $2,500 bond and was released 23 hours after being charged.
The man explained that he was in the process of replacing the floors in the home and that there was no rotten food in the home. He has cleaned up the debris, which also included numerous whiskey bottles and other trash, and moved it outside until it can be hauled away. He has also filed charges against an officer who reported he was drunk when they arrived, when in fact he had been sleeping. The man will be back in court in March to determine the outcome of the neglect charges. Until then, the children will remain with his parents, explains a family friend.
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