(MARSHALLTOWN) – A Marshalltown School Board member is out of jail after being charged with child endangerment and animal neglect.
Kendall Derby, 50, was arrested Thursday after officers served a search warrant on her home. Police say they received a call Tuesday from neighbor worried about conditions inside the home and a 13-year-old boy who lived there. When officers went into the home, they detected a strong smell coming from the home.
“When we went inside, we found conditions that were unhealthy and unsafe for the child to live in,” Marshalltown Police Captain Brian Batterson told Local 5 reporter Chris Oswalt. “We found several animals, two of which were deceased.”
Local 5 talked exclusively to a former babysitter of the teen who lived in the home. She described the living conditions as less than ideal.=
“As soon as I stepped inside, my eyes watered from the smell,” Shelly Adelmund said. “It was just a terrible smell.”
The animals are being cared for the by Animal Rescue League in Derby has been a member of the Marshalltown School Board since 2013. Her term on the board runs through 2017.
Local 5 did knock on the door Derby lived at. She did not answer. Calls to her cell phone went straight to voicemail, where a message left by Derby said she was ignoring calls.