42-Year-Old Grandmother Charged After Seven Children Taken From Infested Home Filled With Feces And Mold

Meaghan Ellis

A 42-year-old grandmother is facing charges for deplorable living conditions. It has been reported that seven children -- ranging from ages 2 to 9 -- have been removed from her home in Forest Park, Ohio.

According to Fox-19, the Forest Park Police Department has arrested Vena Lynn. She was charged with seven counts of child endangerment after five of her children and two grandchildren were taken from the disaster home by Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services.

Surprisingly, when officers initially arrived at the home days prior to her arrest, their visit had nothing to do with Lynn. They were actually serving a warrant for a man involved in a previous gun battle, who'd allegedly been traced to Lynn's address. Local reports insist the man had been "hiding out" in Lynn's home. However, the investigation took an unexpected turn when officers noticed the children's disturbing living conditions. The desolate state of the home prompted the police to file a complaint with the Hamilton County Municipal Court, citing "a substantial risk to the health and safety" for the children.

On Tuesday, June 23, the home was searched and numerous health and safety violations were discovered, reports Cincinnati.com. Court documents revealed the home was infested with "rodent feces, stagnant water, trash, insect infestation, mold, and mildew." It has also been reported that the children had no clean clothing found anywhere inside the home.

According to WCPO, the home has been condemned by The Forest Park Fire Department and the Hamilton County Board of Health, and the children have been placed with various family members. Lynn was being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center, but has now been arraigned on a $1,000 cash bond. However, she has been ordered not to contact any of the children without supervision by Hamilton County Job and Family Services.

[Image via Hamilton County Sheriff's Office]