Six children taken from roach-infested PHX home

Posted at 12:18 PM, Mar 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-07 20:44:02-05

"A strong odor of decomposing trash and food hit me."

That's what a Phoenix police officer said after entering a roach-infested apartment in central Phoenix last week. 

Court documents show that Phoenix police arrived at the home near 37th Avenue and Camelback Road around 9 p.m. on Friday.

Police say the conditions the six children were living in were horrid. The children -- ages 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and one just a few months old -- were sharing the two-bedroom apartment with roaches in every room. Police say each child was covered in dirt and wore dirty clothes.

Other than the roaches, there were feces and food everywhere.

Both neighbors and police say the children didn't even have beds to sleep on.

"Really dirty. Nothing is ever clean. I've never seen them feeding the children. And I've never seen them go grocery shopping," said neighbor Tamara Jospeh.

An officer said in his report that his shoes "stuck to the floor" because it hadn't been cleaned, and he "had difficulty breathing and had to exit to catch [his] breath due to the odor."

Department of Child Services workers came and took custody of the children, while 27-year-old Alejandrina Angel Flores was taken to jail.

She's being charged with six counts of child abuse.