Authorities have charged a 24-year-old Lexington, Mo., woman with child endangerment, alleging that she left her three children padlocked inside their filthy apartment while she spent time with her boyfriend.
Christeena Marie Adair also was charged Tuesday with animal abuse. Both criminal charges are misdemeanors.
Authorities discovered the living conditions when they were sent to check on Adair’s 5-year-old child and two 3-year-olds. Police had received a complaint the children were left unattended.
According to court records, police accompanied a social worker with the Missouri Children’s Division to Adair’s apartment. The officer and social worker immediately were overwhelmed by the stench of urine and feces coming from the unit. The three children were alone inside. Each child was dirty and one of them was naked.
Police were told that Adair was at the next-door apartment visiting her boyfriend, according to court records.
Authorities also noticed thousands of cockroaches and piles of human and canine feces throughout Adair’s apartment.
Someone had taken the bottom frame of a baby bed and screwed it to the wall with hinges and a latch in place. Court records said the latch had a padlock on it and the children were found behind the makeshift gate.
The key was kept at the apartment of Adair’s boyfriend, according to court records.
The living room was devoid of furniture, except for a dresser that blocked a door.
Authorities also noticed there was no running water or air conditioning in the apartment. Dirty dishes filled the kitchen sink. Piles of dirty clothes and trash were scattered throughout the unit. Only a couple of cans of food were inside a cabinet, court records said. The refrigerator and pantry were empty.
Adair later told authorities she had made arrangements for the children to stay elsewhere after the police officer indicated the living conditions were unacceptable.
Police arrested Adair, who is scheduled to appear in court on July 22.