Left, Aaron Parker, whom police are looking for and right, Mable Larson, arrested on child neglect and animal cruelty charges. Mug shots via Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.
Police arrested the mother of a 16-month-old toddler girl after they found her living inside a trailer in Cleveland, Texas, about a hour northeast of Houston, with cockroaches crawling all over her. Police were responding to complaints from neighbors accusing the child’s parents of abusing animals by failing to feed or care for several horses and dogs. After searching the property, police found a dead horse in the back yard along with other emaciated horses.
When police entered the home to confront the horses’ owners, they smelled what they believed to be rotting, decaying flesh and found a toddler with rashes and bug bites sitting among squalid conditions. Police removed the toddler from the house and placed her in the custody of child protective services.
Sheriff’s deputies returned the next day to find many animals, barely alive and unable to move. Ten dogs were reportedly chained up in the home’s back yard. Animal rescue crews removed the animals who might have a chance of recovery, but also found many dead animals inside and outside the home.
Baby (pictured here with Child Services employee) removed from Cleveland, Texas home after she was found with cockroaches all over her, living in filth. Screen shot via Click 2 Houston.
The mother, Mable Larson, was taken into police custody but the girl’s father, Aaron Parker, remains at large. Police are trying to locate Parker for questioning.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the couple was currently on probation stemming from child neglect charges filed 3 years ago.
Neighbors say they’ve seen other children inside the home and also claim that the couple buried a dead horse in their backyard in the middle of the night about 6 months ago.
Police also believe the baby was being kept in an animal cage. Capt. Rex Evans of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said, “We have some indication that the child was being kept in some type of cage in the property. The investigation is preliminary.”
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