A Kentucky man has been arrested after police say two children in his care were found covered in feces and bugs.
The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department was called to the home of Zacariah S. Mumford, 26, on Friday after witnesses reported that two small children had been left alone at the home, according to an arrest report obtained by Oxygen.com.
The witnesses told police that they had seen one child wandering around outside the home and found the second child in the kitchen with “his feet in a drawer.” The said no adult was home at the time and said they removed the children from the home while they waited for police to arrive.
Upon arriving at the scene officers noticed the children “had feces on them” and were “covered in bugs,” the report said.
The officers reportedly knocked on the door of the home and Mumford came to the door, allegedly telling officers that he had been asleep for the last hour.
Officials gained his verbal consent to take pictures of the home and noted the home smelled like urine and feces. They also discovered dog and human feces on the floor and wall of the kitchen, according to the report.
They reported there was no food at the house.
Police called child welfare authorities to check on the children, who allegedly showed signs of physical abuse including a bite mark and handprints.
Mumford is facing two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and one count of failure to notify an address change to the Department of Transportation stemming from the incident.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on house arrest in lieu of a $5,000 bond, The Courier Journal reports. He has been ordered not to contact the children.
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