YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A woman whose three children were found in a filthy home filled with garbage and feces has been sentenced to 12 months in jail.
On Tuesday, 36-year-old Bambi Shiley appeared before Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas Judge Scott Kirchbaum for sentencing on child endangering charges. She said she was doing all she could for her children but became overwhelmed. However, Shiley was convicted of neglecting her children, one of which has special needs.
Kirchbaum told Shiley that he has “nothing but disrespect” for her.
“How can we reach a point where someone fails or refuses to care for a child and they have to go to the penitentiary? What in the world is going on here?” he asked.
Police were first called to the Struthers home that Shiley shared with Ronald Higham in May. Investigators said there had been complaints from the school regarding the conditions of the children and their attendance.
Police said the couple’s home was deplorable, with trash, feces and soiled diapers covering the floor of the home.
The oldest child, who was forced to wear a diaper for medical reasons, had to be transferred to a burn unit at Akron Children’s Hospital due to injuries that investigators said were due to medical neglect and care.
Higham, who is a convicted sex offender, was sentenced to 18 months in jail for child endangering and failure to report charges.