Children found in roach-laden home are in DHS custody - - Jackson, MS

Children found in roach-laden home are in DHS custody

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Ed and Lena Crosby, the father and daughter charged with three counts each of felony child neglect, had not posted bond as of Friday afternoon.

Hinds County investigators say the two left three children, ages 10, 2, and 3 months, alone in a Jackson house Tuesday with no air conditioning or nourishing food. Ed Crosby is grandfather to the younger children, and father to the 10-year-old. Lena is sister to the 10-year old, and mother to the others.

The baby remains at UMC for malnutrition. The other children are in the custody of the Department of Human Services.

"One of the first things to do is try to figure out if there is a relative the other children can live with," says Tamara Garner, Bureau Director of Protection and Prevention. "If that is not possible, our next choice would be a foster family."

Garner shows us posters for a campaign to encourage people to look out for child abuse, neglect and exploitation. She says sometimes parents grow up neglected themselves, and therefore have never learned how to properly care for their own children.

Garner says foster families often work with the children's immediate families to improve the situation. "If they are looking for a resource to feed their family... they can call us, we can make referrals."

If you feel a child you know is being abused, neglected or exploited, or if you need help, call the statewide DHS hotline at 1-800-222-8000. The parents of the children will not be told who made the call.

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