A Saint John couple have been found guilty of child endangerment after their 5 children were found smeared with feces in a house strewn with garbage and with little food or clothing.
According to the facts read by Crown prosecutor Patrick Wilbur, 4 sheriff’s officers entered the house to execute an eviction order on May 17, 2016, and were so alarmed by the conditions that they immediately called for help from the Department of Social Development and Saint John police.
The youngest of the children in the home was an infant.The residence itself was smeared with human and animal feces, and the officers saw garbage and soiled clothes.
Wilbur said that 3 boys were discovered in one room, 2 of them without clothes. They were also smeared with feces on the face and chest.
Steps were taken to put one child into a car seat, court heard, but the only one at hand had straps that were so deteriorated it was unusable.One child was observed playing with what was described as home-made nunchucks, a martial arts weapon, which had jagged edges.
One child had three blackened teeth, and another had sores around the eyes.Someone also observed fleas jumping inside the home.The fridge was reported to be nearly empty and there was very little food in the kitchen cupboards.
A court order prohibits publication of any details that would identify the children or their parents, who each pleaded guilty earlier this month to five counts of failing to provide the children with the necessaries of life, thereby committing child endangerment.
The parents are not in custody. There was no discussion in open court about where the children are now.