Seven children ranging in age from 2 to 9 were removed from deplorable living conditions that included cockroaches, animal feces, and human filth, while three adults were arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on Tuesday evening.
The heartbreaking living conditions found inside a home in the 1900 block of Darrah Street were discovered as police responded to a 10:02 p.m. call about a man and woman arguing in the street. Callers said a male was punching vehicles with his fist and was trying to hit the woman. Upon the officers' arrival, they were directed to an apartment unit. The officers walked up to the apartment and saw Amy Luna, 24, of Ceres, sitting on a couch with a child in her arms. Jose Garcia, a 25-year-old transient, stood over his girlfriend Suzanne Luna, a 26-year-old transient, with clenched fists yelling at her. The officer believed Garcia was going to assault Suzanne Luna.
Police said Amy Luna saw an officer at the open front door and walked over to him and gave him a shove on the shoulder. She then blocked the officer as a second officer came in to arrest her.
Jose Garcia was ordered out of the apartment where he was questioned. He denied punching parked vehicles or trying to hit his girlfriend. Officers found several inebriated individuals inside the apartment. Jose Garcia, Amy Luna and Suzanne Luna also appeared to be under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.
The officers found the apartment to be in deplorable shape with Amy Luna's seven children showing obvious signs of neglect. The children were asleep on a dirty couch covered in fresh vomit in the bedroom. A filthy mattress was on the floor. The children appeared to not have been bathed for several days and the only source for drinking water was the bathtub faucet. The nine-year-old girl told officers she slept on the dirty couch with her brothers and sisters. She only ate when she went to school. The girl expressed being glad CPS was taking them to a foster home.
The officers found cockroaches were crawling on the walls, inside cupboards, kitchen and on the floor. There was standing water in a washing machine next to a stove. The washer was illegally wired to the outlet of the stove near the standing water. Clothing, kitchen knives, garbage and animal feces was found throughout the house.
Jose Garcia, Amy Luna and Suzanne Luna were each arrested and charged with child endangerment. Amy Luna faces an additional charge of delaying or obstructing an officer
The children were released to Child Protective Services.