Troopers Find Children Living in Apartment Filled with Piles of Dog Feces, Meth

(BEDFORD) – Indiana Police arrested four people at an apartment on M Street on Monday after finding two children living in “very serious and dangerous” conditions.

Troopers report finding numerous piles of dog feces in the home and there was reportedly no working bathroom in the apartment.

DES Detectives, along with Sgt. Greg Day and Trp. Caleb Garvin, arrested the following people who all lived in the apartment:

David Smith

David Smith, 44, on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance.

Durant Hillenburg

Durant Hillenburg, 33, on two counts of possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance.

Shelby Horton

Shelby Horton, 25, on two counts of possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance.

Kelby Root

Kelby Root, 31, charged with two counts of possession of meth, two counts of neglect of a dependent, and maintaining a common nuisance.

ISP troopers served a search warrant on Monday at the apartment at 323 M Street after police learned Smith was allegedly selling of meth from the apartment.

According to Lawrence County Superior Court I documents, when police entered the apartment they found Root and two children, ages 2 and 11, in a living room area. Near the children, troopers found a “smoking device” with marijuana in it in plain view. They also found Smith and another woman (who was not arrested) in the kitchen. Horton and Hillenburg were found in a bedroom.

During a search of the apartment, police found a half-gram of meth in a safe along with digital scales and a glass smoking device with meth residue inside.

All four of the residents told troopers they lived in and used meth in the apartment.

Smith told police he had been using meth for more than 25 years and that he didn’t deal the drug. He did say that he “hooked people up” without receiving any money for the drug.

Root, the mother of the two small children, told police that people came and went to and from the apartment all the time in search of the drug.

During the police search, Smith allegedly told Hillenburg, “don’t worry, they will never be able to prove dealing on me.”

Troopers alerted the Department of Child Services who removed the children from the scene.

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