Police remove child with autism found covered in feces from home filled with ‘trash, filth'

Posted at 2:08 PM, Jul 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 16:17:38-04

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- Police performed an emergency removal of a 10-year-old child with autism they said was found living in a filthy Middletown home.

Police were called Wednesday afternoon after the child, wearing a diaper covered in feces, walked into a residence on Tytus Avenue.

"I could see how badly it was full by the way it was sagging," the responding officer wrote. "I could see poop coming out from the bottom of the diaper and along the backs of his legs. As he turned to face me I could see his see his hands were covered in poop, it was around his face and on his legs."

When police arrived, they said they found the child standing in the alley. The child began going through the garbage that was in the alley, according to the report.

"He pulled out a glass jar containing baking flour, took the lid off and began eating the flour out of the jar with his poop-covered hands," the responding officer wrote. "When I told him to stop doing that, he threw the jar of flour at me, the jar then busted open upon hitting the ground. The juvenile then went through the flour that was on the ground and began balling it up in his hands and began eating the human poop and flour balls."

The officer got the child away from the broken glass and placed him in the back of a cruiser, according to the report.

Several minutes later, after other officers arrived, a woman approached the officers and asked if they had seen her son. The 30-year-old woman told police her son had autism and had been missing for about 20 minutes.

When police returned the boy to his home in the 900 block of Beech Street, they were “overcome” with the odor of human urine and fecal matter in the house, according to the police report.

One officer said he began “gagging.” The officers saw insects on the walls and a dirty mattress lying on the floor, according to the report.

"I actually began dry heaving a little," an officer wrote. "I immediately observed on the walls, floors and ceilings dozens and dozens of cockroaches and what appeared to be bed bugs."

The boy’s mother told police she was on her computer when her son got out of the house.

There were four cameras on the front porch pointing in different directions, though police were unsure whether the cameras were installed as a criminal deterrent or a way to monitor the boy, according to the police report.

After removing the child, police contacted Butler County Children Services.

There is no word if anyone will face charges. 

The Journal-News contributed to this report.