Mother in Wausau hoarding situation to reach plea deal

Published: Sep. 13, 2016 at 1:31 PM CDT
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One of two people charged last month after five children were removed from a Wausau home in a suspected hoarding situation, is scheduled to reach a plea deal Nov. 17.

The father and mother, both in their late-30s are charged with second degree recklessly endangering safety, and four counts of child neglect. NewsChannel 7 is not naming the defendants to protect the identity of children.

Court records show a home in Wausau had been condemned and two people are charged with child neglect after the Wausau Property Inspector determined the home was unfit for human habitation.

In investigation began in late April after police responded to the report of a missing 3-year-old girl. The girl was located and police contacted the child parents.

According to court documents, the child's mother requested she be interviewed outside, citing the house was not clean.

Police noted the home's lawn appeared as if it hadn't been mowed all year. The officer told the woman based on the outside, he need to make sure the home had food and water and was suitable for children.

Inside, officers discovered dirty pans, bugs, pet rabbits and cats, exposed wiring, mattresses with no bedding, and garbage all over the home. The home smelled of human feces and urine, according to the police report.

to view photos from the scene.

The officer also noted a 9-month-old child with a head-to-toe rash. The officer said the mother did not appear concerned and believed it was heat rash.

The couple has been ordered to have no contact with the children unless authorized by Social Services.

Court documents state two children received medical treatment at St. Joseph's hospital for unknown injuries.

The home, located on 1st Avenue in Wausau, will remain condemned until brought back to property city building codes.

The father will return to court Nov. 9 for a clerical court appearance.

Both parents are on free on $2,500 signature bonds.