Parents arrested after child found living amid ants, urine, tobacco spit

Parents arrested after child found living amid ants, urine, tobacco spit

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Parents of a 2-year-old boy are facing charges after officers found their home in deplorable conditions.

Officers were called Tuesday night to the Shively home of Taz Osgood and Alexia Cook, both 23, after a neighbor said the couple knocked a hole in the wall and "cockroaches were coming into (the neighbor's) home," Cook's arrest report said.

As police looked through the suspects' one-bedroom home, they found "trash all over the place, ants, cockroaches and other bugs," the report said.

The officers also reported having smelled "a strong odor of human and animal urine," as well as spoiled food and garbage. They said "dozens of bottles" of tobacco spit were present, including some that had spilled over onto the floor, Osgood's report said.

The child and his diaper were both dirty, the officers reported, and his bed was a "twin mattress covered in trash with no bedding on it."

Both parents face charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and wanton endangerment, and Osgood also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. They were both released Wednesday.

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