CROCKER, Mo. – In a small house on Eastside Street, investigators made a heartbreaking find.
“The best way I can describe it is it was just unsafe and unsanitary for the kids. Very unsafe and very unsanitary is about all we can release right now,” said Crocker Police Chief Chris Twitchel.
Four little kids, who are ages 1, 2, 6, and 8 years old, were found living in disgusting conditions. It was what tipped-off police about this situation that’s just as sad.
A local hospital had called authorities about a mother, Rachel Valenicia, who gave birth to a baby. That newborn tested positive for methamphetamine.
Her other kids were all at home, which was being lived in by Jeremy White, 38.
Chief Twitchel said, once investigators got there, the four kids were placed in Children’s Division custody, Also, the newborn infant was taken away from the mother (per state law when a mother tests positive for illegal drugs). Unfortunately, this was not the first time officer have come to this house to check on the well being and safety of these children.
“Even though I am a police officer, I am a father too,” Twitchel said. “And, you never want to see children hurt like that or children in any other condition like that. So it kind of pulls your heartstrings quite a bit.”
White was arrested and charged with eight felony counts. That includes (for each child found in the home) a count of child abuse, and a count of endangering the welfare of a child. Rachel Valencia was slapped with the exact same criminal charges.
“If you are not taking care of your child, and you are not feeding your child, and making sure your child is safe and in a good environment, [then] you could face charges.