Pearl couple charged with child neglect - - Jackson, MS

Pearl couple charged with child neglect

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PEARL, MS (WLBT) - Police arrested a Pearl couple Tuesday, and their children were placed in state custody after investigators found the home over run with animals and feces.

Pearl Police Chief Ben Schuler said 30-year-old Christopher Poe and his 26-year-old wife, Carrie Poe, were each charged with two counts of child neglect.

Their two under-aged children are in DHS custody.

Officers were initially called to Shelton Street Tuesday afternoon on the report of a toddler wandering in the middle of the street unattended.

Once the parents were located, police made a startling discovery inside the home.

Twelve cats and one dog were roaming inside the house which Chief Schuler described as being filled with trash and animal waste.

"There was a foul smell, large amounts of animal feces, urine, unsightly unlivable conditions in the house, just an awful smell," said Schuler.

The Poes are being held under $2,500 bond each.

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