Couple charged as they ‘forced two-year-old boy to live in dog-faeces covered home’

In some areas the faeces was 'an inch deep'
Laurel County Sheriff’s Department

A couple has been arrested after claims they forced a two-year-old boy to live in a home filled with dog faeces.

The Metro reported how Joey Ridener, 30, and Tammy Hammons, 35, were arrested last week after a police welfare check at their home in London, Kentucky.

A statement from Laurel County Sheriff’s Department explained how when officers arrived they ‘noted a two year old male child playing in the floor around dog faeces and what appeared to be urine.’

The officers said that the child’s feet were ‘covered’ in dog faeces and that it was ‘caked’ around his toes.

They also noted that the boy looked like he hadn’t bathed for days. This was then confirmed by Ridener and Hammond when they admitted to police they didn’t remember when the child was last bathed.

In the release, it stated the toddler was playing with a bottle of bleach and a strong odour of ammonia could be smelled throughout the home.

The sheriff’s department said, ‘Some locations in the residence had huge piles of dog faeces throughout the house and in some places up to an inch deep.’

Police photo of home believing to belong to Joey Ridener and Tammy Hammons
Lauren County Sheriff’s Office shared this photo on their Facebook (Credit: Laurel County Sheriff’s Office)

Police also noted dirty dishes were stacked up on the floor and on counter tops.

It’s reported that Ridener is the child’s father. Both adults have been arrested and charged with first-degree abuse of a child 12 or under.

They’re currently booked at the Laurel County Correctional Centre but jail records suggest they may have been released Monday (20 January) evening.

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