Seven Phoenix-Area Parents Arrested on Child-Abuse Charges Over the Weekend
Seven parents were arrested this weekend on felony child-abuse charges in the Phoenix area, which is an unusually high number of arrests.
Based on county booking records, there were 13 child-abuse arrests in the entire month of February, and 18 in March, an average of roughly one child-abuse arrest every other day. Read on for more information about this weekend's cases:
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|Victor Adams and Carolyn Walker.|
According to court documents, the responding officer saw inside the home, near 69th and Glendale avenues, when Walker answered the door, and he and other officers went inside to check the welfare of everyone, including three children.
". . . Myself and other officers immediately smelled the pungent odor of rotten food, human feces, human urine, and dog feces and urine," the arresting officer writes in a probable-cause statement. "Upon clearing the entire home, there was mud, tomato sauce, and feces scattered on the tile flooring . . . Human feces was also scattered on the home's drywall in the master bedroom and hallway . . . The master bedroom toilet had been defecated in and not flushed with the toilet itself being completely brown with no white porcelain to be seen, as if it had not been cleaned in months."
Police also found garbage throughout the home, and nothing edible for the children. According to court documents, dirt was the only thing in the refrigerator.
Officers found Adams hiding under a pile of clothes in the master bedroom. Child Protective Services workers responded to the home, and immediately took custody of the children after going inside the home.
Adams and Walker were arrested on child-abuse and neglect charges. According to court documents, the couple had been investigated by CPS on three separate occasions in 2012 and 2013 for deplorable living conditions.