LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -A 3-month-old boy who died last week was among nine children removed from a North Las Vegas home last month after police said they found them living in squalor.
Take a look at pictures of the apartment where police said eight children were found living in filthy conditions. One of the children later died.
According to an arrest report from North Las Vegas police, Geneva Morgan and Donald Hemmings Jr. were each charged with eight counts of felonious child neglect on Dec. 20, after police entered the filthy home while serving a search warrant nearby in a robbery case.
On Wednesday, Morgan pleaded guilty to one felony count and was released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to be sentenced in May.
In the report, police said they entered the apartment to find it crawling with cockroaches, six-inch-deep stacks of used food packaging and an inoperable bathroom covered in urine and feces.
Nine children were found sleeping on soiled mattresses. Police could not immediately determine how many children were in one of the rooms because of the amount of garbage strewn about the floor.
According to the report, an infant, later identified as Donald Hemmings III, was found sleeping on a mattress in the master bedroom - his face covered in vomit. Police found much less filthy conditions in the adults’ bedroom.
The only food in the house was loose deli meat in the freezer, and a quarter-full gallon of milk in the refrigerator and a few boxes of food in the cabinets, according to the report.
According to the report, police called in a representative of Child Protective Services, who determined the children should be removed. They were placed with another family member.
A month later, investigators said, the infant Hemmings became ill and was rushed to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office spokesman said Wednesday that the cause and manner of the baby’s death was under investigation.
A report from CPS showed that investigators had been called to the apartment on several occasions after claims of neglect, dating back to 2006, but most of the claims were found to be “unsubstantiated.” However, there was an open investigation into claims of “environmental neglect” at the time of the infant’s death.
Larry Hadfield, spokesman for Las Vegas Metro police, said the department’s Abuse and Neglect Unit were also investigating the case.
On Wednesday, Morgan’s 20-year-old daughter, Jaushaun Feltus, said the child who died was in her care when he died. She said she was the one who called 911.
“Everyone’s thinking that my mom did something to him but that wasn’t the case because she was in jail since Dec. 20 and he just died Jan. 20, so that’s clearly impossible for her to hurt him,” Feltus said.
Feltus said she doesn’t live at her mother’s apartment and couldn’t comment on its condition. She said she is currently caring for her siblings.
“The children are fine; they’re healthy, they’re doing good, they’re in school. They’re fine,” she said.
Morgan faces up to six years in prison. According to police, Morgan had been charged with child neglect in 1997.
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