CHARLEROI – Washington County Children and Youth Services removed six children from their cockroach-infested home in Charleroi early Thursday and placed them in foster care, Charleroi Regional police said.
Police also arrested the mother of the children, Brooke Dills, 34, on charges of endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records state.
An anonymous call to Washington 911 about screaming and fighting at Dills’ residence at 730 Lookout Ave. led to police being dispatched there to investigate the complaint about 11 p.m. Wednesday, the affidavit indicates.
Police looked into a basement window there, saw Dills sitting on a bed with a man and ordered her to go to her door.
Once inside, officers noticed cockroaches in several rooms, a filthy bathroom and the children with dirty feet and clothing, the record shows. The children ranged in ages from 2 to 12.
Police also found empty heroin stamp bags in several locations in the residence and pills scattered about the floor.
Dills is in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond set Thursday by District Judge Larry Hopkins.