Christina Kurtz charged with abuse after 89-year-old woman, 2 children found in feces-covered home

COVINGTON, Ky. -- The search for a wanted man led Kenton County police to remove an 89-year-old woman and two children who were living in a “urine and feces”-covered home.

On Wednesday, members of the Kenton County Police Department responded to 470 Walnut Road in Latonia Lakes to locate a wanted man.

During the search, officers found the children and the elderly woman, who suffers from Alzheimer's, living in "deplorable conditions," according to police. They were living in the house along with five other adults, 13 dogs and two cats.

Animal urine and feces covered the floors and furniture, police said.

The 89-year-old woman, who is unable to move on her own, was lying in a bed along with urine and feces when officers found her. Neither she nor the children had eaten on Wednesday when they were removed, according to police.

WCPO reporter Amy Wadas witnessed the worst area of the home - the basement. She saw piles upon piles of garbage, stacked waist height. Living down there was 52-year-old Robert Lile, who moved into the home about a year ago.

"We've been trying to keep it clean," Lile said. "We really have, but it's just too overwhelming."

Lile's 22-year-old daughter, Laura, said no one ignored the mess, including the bed of her 89-year-old grandmother.

"The cops came in, decided to do a search warrant, they saw the dogs, they saw the mess that was in the house, and we clean it every single day," Laura Lile said.

The first floor, according to police, was covered in feces. The bed where the elderly woman lied was cleaned later Wednesday night.

The mess spread outside into the yard, creating an eyesore in the neighborhood.

Medics took the elderly woman to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood for treatment. The children were also removed from the house.

Laura Lile said she would work to clean things up, while dealing with the fact that her family and pets were taken away.

"It breaks my heart," she said. "It really does. I cried for three hours already after this happened."

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is assisting the children and the elderly woman.

Officers arrested the two children's mother, Christina Kurtz, and charged her with second-degree criminal abuse. Kenton County Animal Control is investigating the animal-related charges.

Kurtz and the Liles are cousins.

Sgt. Jim Gilpin said Kurtz is not cooperating the investigation into either the abuse charges or the search for the wanted man. The man's name was not released and he remained at large as of Wednesday night. 

The investigation remains open and more criminal charges are likely, according to the release.

It's unclear if police plan to charge the Liles.

Anyone with information should call Kenton County Police Officer Price at 859-356-3191.

WCPO web editor Holly Pennebaker contributed to this report.

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