CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – A Campbell woman is facing multiple charges after police said her child was found alone in a filthy house.
Campbell Police Chief Drew Rauzan said officers were shocked by what they found when they went into the woman’s home.
“We are in deplorable, unhealthy, potentially lethal conditions, so you’re talking about human bowels, human excrement, insect excrement. It’s just far beyond squalor,” he said.
Police were sent to Monroe Avenue around 6 p.m. Wednesday when Lakasha High was found unconscious on the ground outside of her home. High woke up while a medical team was putting her into the ambulance.
She said she was having a medical problem but refused treatment, according to a police report. Rauzan said officers are unsure of whether High’s condition was drug-related.
Police said High’s infant son was locked inside her home. He was found crawling around in filthy and uninhabitable conditions, according to police. A police report says the home was covered in rotten food, trash and insects.
Mahoning County Children Services was called due to the conditions of the home. High told police the home was “a little dirty” and said she was going to clean it immediately.
The child was given to his paternal grandmother due to the condition of the home.
Police said High tried to stop the investigation by attempting to steal a camera from an officer who was taking pictures of the home. They said she then pushed the officer who was investigating.
She was arrested and charged with child endangering, obstructing official business and resisting arrest. She is free on $5,500 bond.
The Youngstown Metropolitan House Authority is working with Campbell police to clean up the house.
The child is living with his grandmother.