Bagdad couple arrested after children, dogs found neglected in home

BAGDAD, AZ - Authorities say a man and woman have been arrested after two small children and several animals were found neglected at a home in central Arizona.

According to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, deputies had responded several times to the home in Bagdad for domestic violence and child and animal neglect issues.

Child Protective Services had also been investigating the welfare of the two children in the home, ages 9 months and 2 years.

The father, 26-year-old Robert Stafford and his 21-year-old girlfriend Zylvoria Walton, were booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on November 12 on charges including two counts of felony child abuse.

Officials say the 9-month-old requires nourishment through a feeding tube in the abdomen and that the food in the feeding bag was found spoiled in the kitchen.

The child was seen by a doctor who found a serious, possibly life-threatening infection at the feeding tube site in the infant's abdomen.

Walton admitted being the caretaker for both children when Stafford was away.

Officials say Stafford and Walton had been warned previously that the conditions inside the home were becoming unfit for the children; garbage, dirty laundry, and dog feces were found throughout the home, including the children's rooms.

Deputies noted that the couple had been given "ample opportunity" to correct the conditions in the home and had not made an effort to do so.

Stafford and Walton were arrested based on the deteriorating conditions of the children's environment and the youngest child's medical condition.

CPS has taken custody of the children and the dogs have been removed from the home and placed with a Prescott area animal shelter.

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