Two Daviess County residents face multiple child neglect charges after an Indiana Department of Child Services case worker went to check on children at a home at 547 S. CR 300 W., on Dec. 7.
According to the affidavit for probable cause,the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department was called to the home occupied by 27-year-old Brittnie Morford after the case worker, who was there to see if the two children were still living in unfit conditions, said she could hear voices inside but no one would come to the door.
The affidavit states that Morford, who is the mother of the two children, had been told by DCS that the home was unsuitable for the children and that the children should not be living there until the home had been inspected by DCS and safety updates were made.
When sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, they could smell burnt marijuana even before the door to the home was opened by 27-year-old Travis Criswell.
The affidavit states Criswell willingly allowed deputies inside to check on the welfare of the children and told officers he had been working on the house.
“He thought the house was livable by his standards,” according to the affidavit.
The children, ages 2 and 3, deputies said were,” very dirt and seemed to be very cold. Both kids smelled of urine.”
They also did not appear to have had a bath in days and their feet were purple from the cold. The home was being heated with a kerosene heater that emitted fumes that made it difficult to breathe in the space.
DCS removed the children from the home and were taken to Daviess Community Hospital where multiple other injuries were found on the children, including second degree burns on the 2-year-old.
Both have been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury, a level 3 felony; neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury, a level 5 felony and two counts each neglect of a dependent, a level 6 felony.
The brush with the law was the second in about a week for Morford who was arrested for domestic battery on Christmas eve.
The two will appear in court on April 23.