DIXMOOR, Ill. — A dozen children and an elderly woman were removed from a home with deplorable conditions in the south suburb of Dixmoor.
Investigators arrived Monday afternoon to the home in the 14200 block of Lincoln Avenue and found children, including a 2-year-old, unattended and sitting on a floor.
Police photos captured the unhealthy conditions which the children and woman were living in.
“Once we got into the house, we found the house was in deplorable conditions, there were kids just laying on the floor, there was no food in the refrigerator, there was blood in the refrigerator like spoiled meat, the house was molded, it had rat droppings, and stuff like that,” said Police Chief Ron Burge.
The children ranged in age from 2 to 12 years old.
Inside the house, investigators found trash piled in rooms and moldy appliances.
The elderly woman, who was found sitting on top of a mattress on the floor, appeared not to be taken care of.
“She was laying on a mattress with a soiled diaper that she states she changed herself, which her daughter should have taken care of those issues with her,” said Burge. “It wasn’t safe for anyone to be living there. There was rat droppings, there was mold throughout the house, the house hadn’t been cleaned, you could tell it wasn’t clean.”
Signs are now posted outside the home notifying people of unsafe conditions.
Dixmoor police tell WGN they called DCFS when they found the children Monday. However, after waiting for several hours, police took the kids to the police station themselves.
Four of the children were released to their parents. The others have since been placed in a safe location.
Dixmoor Police Chief Ron Burge said the home was just disgusting.
Charges are pending against the elderly woman’s daughter and another woman.
This is a developing story. Check back for details.