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Officers find deplorable conditions for kids, dogs at Pocono home

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 31 2014 10:00:45 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 31 2014 06:44:45 PM CST

The report of a missing child alerted police to a home in deplorable condition in the Poconos, which led to the arrest of a 33-year-old woman.

TOBYHANNA TWP., Pa. -

The report of a missing child alerted police to a home in deplorable condition in the Poconos, which led to the arrest of a 33-year-old woman.

Officers with the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department responded around 9 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a missing 5-year-old girl who had walked away from her bus stop, officials said Friday.

The girl was found a short time later at Clear Run Elementary School, where officers received reports of suspected child abuse.

When police and employees with the Monroe County Children and Youth Agency checked the home at 1284 Winding Way in Tobyhanna Twp., Monroe Co., they found quite a sight.

According to police:

* The home's plumbing was broken and sewage was being pumped from the toilet into the bathtub by a shop vac.
* The inside of the house smelled of urine, feces and rotting food.
* There was little food present.
* There were feces scattered on the first floor, and fire hazards seen in the home.
* Two dogs present were lodged in cages with feces, and had no food or water.

The 5-year-old girl, along with her sisters -- ages six, eight and 12 -- were taken into protective custody.

Kennda Justice was arrested and charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of children, and two counts of cruelty to animals.

She was taken to the Monroe County Correctional Facility after being unable to post $250,000 bail.