Parents plead guilty to child endangerment after officers find ‘filthy home’

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Two of three adults were sentenced to two years supervised probation after pleading guilty to five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Earlier this week, Joseph and Erica Stalker pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a June 2013 investigation. According to authorities, officers found their home near Blue Ridge Boulevard and 23rd Street in Independence "unfit to live in."

Officers were called to the home to check on one of the children inside after someone reported the boy had insect bites all over his body. Police said they found garbage bags piled everywhere, along with a bed bug and roach infestation.

"Bed bugs, head lice, roaches, the works. Not a good environment for the kids at all," said one neighbor, who only wanted to be identified as 'Amy.'

According to police, 12 people lived inside the home, with the children ranging in age from two to 16 years old.

Three adults were taken into custody -- Erica and Joseph Stalker and Angela Haney. All three were charged with child abuse and neglect.

Haney is expected to return to court for trial on July 14.


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