Mother arrested, children found alone covered in feces

Des Moines police say it's one of the worst cases they've seen

DES MOINES - Police responded to the house at 106 Fulton Drive in Des Moines.

Neighbors called police because a four-year-old, two-year-old and one-year-old were outside with no supervision. They say the four-year-old turned the oven on to fix food for his young siblings but got scared when the oven made a weird noise. That's why the children were outside. One of them was only wearing a diaper, one was naked and covered in feces. Police say the inside of the home was disgusting, and the mom was nowhere to be found.

Sgt. Paul Parizek of Des Moines P.D. said, "The conditions in the home were unspeakably horrible. There were hundreds of mounds of dog feces, human waste scattered around, spoiled food, filthy. You really can't imagine."

The mother, Destinee Miller finally returned home. She told police that she had to take a sick dog to the vet. She's in jail on three counts of child endangerment.

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