Girard man charged after trash, urine, feces found in home

A Girard Zoning official was taken aback by what was inside of the home on Washington Avenue.

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GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – We’re learning more today about the conditions inside the Girard home where the father of a 14-year-old boy living with autism was charged with child endangerment.

This comes after investigators found high levels of carbon dioxide in the home.

Just a few hours ago, the Trumbull County Combined Health District, Girard Zoning Officials and firefighters finally gained entry into that home and said it was covered in filth.

A Girard Zoning official was taken aback by what was inside of the home on Washington Avenue.

Field officers with the Trumbull County Combined Health District said they found garbage and clutter throughout the home and that the board will likely declare it unfit and issue a notice of violation to the property owner.

“We were able to secure the owner’s name and make it quite clear to the owner that there was a very serious problem here,” Girard Mayor James Melfi said.

This comes after emergency responders were sent there last week for a 14-year-old boy living with autism who was vomiting uncontrollably for several days.

Investigators found the boy covered in urine and feces, along with what a police report describes as deplorable conditions.

At the time, medics also measured life-threatening levels of carbon dioxide in the home.

The father of the child, Thomas File, has since been issued a summons for misdemeanor child endangerment, and city officials told us the family has moved out of that home.

Before anyone can move into the home, the property owner must first clean it and bring it back up to the city’s standards.

“That home will be shut down and no one will take residence there until the city’s zoning, until the fire department, until the county health department gives the go-ahead,” Melfi said.

Mayor Melfi said the city was made aware of the conditions of the home several months ago by neighbors, but unfortunately, they were never able to gain access to the inside.

As for the boy’s father, Thomas File, he’s set to appear in court Feb. 16.

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