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Filthy, Neglected Children Confiscated By DHS; Felony Arrest – GARLAND COUNTY

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Garland County Deputy Parker reports the following:

A complainant stated that she was waved down by the driver of the First Step Van.  The driver advised her of unattended naked children playing in the road.

The complainant observed a 3 year old juvenile and 2 year old juvenile playing in the road naked and unsupervised.  She walked toward the residence to seek a parent and observed a third child, a 9 month old juvenile, lying at the base of the porch.

The porch is approximately three (3) feet in height off of the ground with approximately four (4) steps.  The 9 month old juvenile was located in the middle of knee high grass among tools, trash, and sticker bushes.

She knocked at the door and yelled for a parent but received no reponse.

Myself and GCSO Corporal Green arrived and observed all three children covered from head to toe with dirt.

We approached the home, knocked on the open door, and yelled for the resident but received no response.  We entered the residence for welfare purposes and announced ourselves but still no response.  I entered the master bedroom and observed a W/F lying in the bed.  She identified herself as Heaven Edgin.  Edgin stated that she was the mother of the children.

Heaven Lea Edgin, 21, of Fairwood Circle in Garland County – allegedly left her 3 small children, all 3 years old and younger, unattended outside.

The neighbors provided the children with pull-ups, snacks, and water.  When asked about food or formula for the 9 month old, Edgin stated that she didn’t have a bottle for him.  The neighbor had to retrieve her own bottle for the infant.

Upon entry of the residence I smelled a very strong odor of ammonia and urine.  The interior was filthy, hot, and had no lights.  The floors were covered in trash as dozens of cockroaches canvassed the floor, walls, and countertops.  Trash bags were on the floor with trash and liquid scattered about.  Dirty cockroach covered dishes, clothes, and loose electrical cords were lying in the floor.

LifeNet, Department of Human Services (DHS), and the Criminal Investigation Unit were contacted.  DHS and Investigator Mowery arrived and processed the scene.  The children were taken into DHS custody.  The Child Abuse Hotline was contacted and a report was filed; reference #199-1937

Ms. Edgin was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. She is charged with 3 counts of Felony Endangering The Welfare Of A Minor with a bond amount totaling $7,500.