Kids saved from home filled with trash, feces and a squirrel: cops

Two children were removed from a South Carolina home where they allegedly cohabited with a squirrel, maggots and piles of trash, according to police.

Authorities said the kids were forced to live in unbearable conditions at the Horry County home with their 43-year-old mother, Jenny Lynn Paradis, and her 22-year-old boyfriend, Joshua Palmer Vaught, news station WMBF reported.

Both children were placed in emergency protective custody Monday and the couple was arrested on charges of unlawful neglect of a child.

Paradis reportedly told officers that the home wasn’t suitable for the children but she “just didn’t feel like cleaning due to being tired.”

Police were called to the filthy home Monday on a report of suspicious activity.

When they arrived, officers found the residence filled with garbage, dirty dishes and various insects. The police report stated that the odor was “unbearable” and the floor was covered in urine and feces.

Inside, there were also numerous animals including a wild squirrel, pit bull and a cat with an infected head wound, WMBF reported.

Police said the kids slept in trash and piles of clothes since there was no space on the floor.

The two children appeared to be covered with bites and sores, according to police, and will receive medical treatment.

Paradis and Vaught were booked at J. Reuben Long Detention Center in North Myrtle Beach. The mom remains in custody while her boyfriend was released Tuesday on $2,500 bond, according to court records.

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