BUCKEYE, AZ - Three children were found to be living in unsafe and disgusting conditions at a home in Buckeye, and two adults have been arrested on child abuse charges.
Buckeye police report that on Friday afternoon officers were called to a home near Watson and Yuma Roads after a neighbor found two children outside her home.
The neighbor told police that a two-year-old girl was covered in feces and only wearing a diaper. The five-year-old boy was naked. Neither child knew where their parents were.
The neighbor reportedly got no answer when they knocked on the door, so they called the police.
When police arrived, they found 23-year-old Alsatia Inks in her bedroom on the computer wearing headphones. She was unaware that the children had gotten out of the house.
Police found a third child in the home.
Investigators said the house was "unlivable and unsanitary." They said there was old food on the counters, burn marks on the carpet, knives on the ground, spoiled food, and human and animal feces on the walls and floor.
Inks and her boyfriend, Zachary Michael Pacheco, 27, were arrested on charges of child abuse and child endangerment.
If you suspect a child is being abused, the Arizona Department of Child Services has resources available to report the issue to a social worker. You can call the Arizona Child Abuse Hotline at 1-888-SOS-CHILD (1-888-767-2445), and will be asked for information about the child, as well as the nature of your concerns. You can also get more information from DCS about reporting abuse or neglect online.