PHOENIX - Phoenix police arrested a man and woman Sunday on charges of child abuse after finding their apartment full of feces and rotten food.
According to court documents, Kona Erbe and Randall Bresaw were arrested around 3:30 p.m. at an apartment complex near Baseline Road and 48th Street.
Officers were called out to the apartment after complaints of “strong, deplorable” odors coming from inside, a police report said.
When the officers went inside the apartment to check on two children who live there, they found fecal matter smeared on the walls, dirty diapers on the floor, and rotten food in the kitchen, the report said.
The officers said the odor in the apartment was “very potent.”
Fecal matter was also smeared on the carpet throughout the home and on the walls of a bedroom where their 3-year-old and 4-year-old children live, police said.
And in the bathroom, the officers reportedly found a clogged toilet that was close to overflowing with feces.
When Erbe was asked how the apartment got this way, she said she kept the apartment clean until she lost her job in October, police said.
Erbe said she moved into Bresaw’s apartment in August.
She also stated that she tried to get help, but the living conditions have gotten “overwhelming.”
The children were placed in foster care, police said.
Erbe and Bresaw are both facing child abuse charges. Bresaw is also facing charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession.
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