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Three Kids Removed From Marshfield Home After Police Find 'Extremely Dangerous' Conditions

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Three Kids Removed From Marshfield Home After Police Find 'Extremely Dangerous' Conditions

By Lynne Roberts. CREATED Jul 18, 2014

Four people from Marshfield have been charged with child endangerment after police reported finding rotting food, cockroaches, 20-30 cats, and feces during a search of a home in the 200 block of East Madison.

Three kids, ages 2, 4, and 6, were removed by the Children's Division and placed with a family member. 

According to court documents, police were initially called to the home on June 24 to investigate reports of "possible drug activity." 

While at the residence, an officer reported finding "extremely dangerous" living conditions.  "I observed the children to be dirty and all three had numerous insect bites on their bodies," the detective said in a probable cause statement.  "There were numerous bottles of controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, liquor, knives, and razors within reaching distance of the children."  Officers also seized scales and substances, which later tested positive for methamphetamine.

Police said eleven people were taken into custody that night, but only four have been charged at this time.  Victoria Bruton, 25, Jerry Bruton, 26, Karen Sallee, 60, and Margaret Harmon, 56, have each been charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Authorities said additional charges could be filed.  

Conditions were so bad that police said the home will possibly have to be demolished.

Lynne Roberts

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Texas native Lynne Roberts joined the KTTS news team in January 2014.