PITTSBURGH - A Homewood mother is in jail after her children were allegedly found living in disgusting conditions.
According to police, a stranger driving by spotted one of the children nearly naked and standing in front of the house.
Inside the row house on Hamilton Avenue, police said there was feces, dirt and filth on almost everything.
It's where investigators said Stevatezia Mickel was living with her three children: ages 1 year, 3 years and a 6-year-old.
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A woman who was passing by called 911 when, according to police, she said she saw a 3-year-old little girl standing on the sidewalk, naked, with only a towel covering her.
It was around 9 a.m. and 35 degrees outside.
When the woman walked the little girl inside the house, she saw a baby, sitting on the couch alone.
According to police, the baby had a messy diaper and it hadn't been changed in several hours.
After about 10 minutes, Mickel returned home.
That's when officers searched the house and said there was an "overwhelming odor of urine and feces in the residence."
Police said the floors were covered in dirt and feces, as well as most of the walls in the rooms and hallways.
“The floors throughout the entire residence were covered in dirt/feces, well as most of the walls on the rooms & hallways.” Police say Stevatezia Mickel & her three young children were living in deplorable conditions.... I’ll have the story at 11@11. https://t.co/AlSP0KsbM6 pic.twitter.com/uz29VksOom— Gabriella DeLuca (@GabriellaDeLuca) March 26, 2019
Plus, there was very little food in the refrigerator, including chicken that expired in January.
Police told Channel 11 the three children are in protective custody.
Mickel's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
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