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Unfit homes found; adults face charges

Friday, March 21, 2014 1:02 PM
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Six children and a malnourished dog were removed from two homes this week after vile odors led deputies to their doors.

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Krystle Oyer
Krystle Oyer


Neighbors had been complaining about the smell and an influx in German cockroaches near Johnston and Joanne Santos’ Brandywine apartment, off Boy Scout Road, when deputies visited about noon Wednesday.

An employee, who tried to perform an annual inspection, said she called police after “roaches fled in all directions” and feces was on the floor, according to a report.

Officer found five children, ages 4 to 13, and two adults living in the home, where it was “immediately clear that living conditions were unfit for humans to be in.”

Police observed human feces on the floor that had been stepped in and tracked throughout the home. Feces also had been spread on the walls, and a small child had made a handprint with it in one area. The home was infested with roach nests on the ceiling and walls, had rotting food on the counters and sink, and the youngest child was found eating moldy food from a trash can.

Police said the apartment had only rotting food in the refrigerator and freezer, but did have running water because the apartment complex provided it. Medication bottles were observed without their tops near children’s reach.

Only the oldest child was in school, and two of the children had never been registered, the report stated.

All children were placed in the custody of their aunt.

Joanne Santos, 34, was charged with five counts of deprivation of a minor. Johnston Santos, 37, was charged with five counts of deprivation but was also charged with a misdemeanor count of obstruction of law enforcement when he continually tried to clean the apartment, against the officer’s request, during a walkthrough.

In another incident, police responded to 700 Lovell Circle in a Rae’s Creek mobile home park Thursday on a request of the property manager, who was concerned for a 3-year-old living in the home.

According to a report, police smelled a strong foul odor when they reached the door. The deputy was invited in by the homeowners, Eric Walters, 37, and Krystle Oyer, 26, but was advised that the house was a mess.

The deputy discovered a large pile of trash that Walters said he could not take away because he didn’t have a truck. The report also said there was a dirt-matted mattress on the living room floor, a sink overflowing with molding dishes, bathroom sinks and toilets full of black water, and black mold in the shower. More trash covered the floor.

Oyer told police she couldn’t wash dishes because the sinks were stopped up. They told the deputy the house had been in that condition since December.

Police discovered a malnourished dog, whose bones showed through his skin, closed in the child’s bedroom with feces covering the floor. The couple said they kept the dog in the room so it wouldn’t be stolen.

The child and dog were removed from the home.

Walters and Oyer were charged with deprivation of a minor. Animal Control is seeking charges of animal cruelty, the report stated.

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RedQuinoa
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RedQuinoa 03/21/14 - 12:30 pm
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Beyond comprehension

It's really, really, really hard to comprehend what brings people to such a low level. So sad for the innocent ones involved.

Farmboy
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Farmboy 03/21/14 - 12:34 pm
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Stolen?

The couple said they kept the dog in the room so it wouldn’t be stolen. The poor dog probably wanted to be stolen. He would be better off.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 03/21/14 - 01:47 pm
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So you're going to try and

So you're going to try and "pick up" when law enforcement shows up? That tells me you know it's wrong. If you want to live in such filth, that's one thing. To put children in that situation is unconscionable. Nasty, pure and simple.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 03/21/14 - 02:10 pm
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Oh, and Ms. Oyer? If you

Oh, and Ms. Oyer? If you have money for mascara and eyeliner, you have money for a little Formula 409.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/21/14 - 04:46 pm
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Reading this almost makes me

Reading this almost makes me puke. How can someone stand to live in such filth much less let your young children be exposed to such.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/21/14 - 03:04 pm
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"“immediately clear that

"“immediately clear that living conditions were unfit for humans to be in.”

Keyword there is human beings!! These adults are pathetic excuses for human beings and I would find myself having a hard time calling them such!! These poor children; THESE are the type people I've talked about before that CHOOSE to live in deplorable circumstances!! If you gave them a brand new home, new vehicle, good health insurance, good paying jobs and more; in 6 months or less, their house would look the same!! They are dirty, lazy people and CHOOSE to be so!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/21/14 - 03:30 pm
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No excuse for this

She evidently hasn't missed any meals....I really feel sad for kids caught up in this situation.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/21/14 - 04:49 pm
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Nothing wrong with buying a

Nothing wrong with buying a couple gallons of cheap bottled water and wash the dishes. If the drain is your problem, buy throw away plates and utensils. Dollar Store has them real cheap. No excuse whatsoever for having dog feces (or human for that matter) in the house.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/21/14 - 05:34 pm
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How is this possible

Given all the hand-outs available to anyone with their hand out.

This is either Mental illness or laziness.

But how ever you cut it, it is criminal...

BTW: IF it wasn't her family that turned her in.

One has to ask Didn't her local family ever visit and why it took so long to get these kids out of a living hell?

Also WHY immediately turn them over to the family?

KSL
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KSL 03/21/14 - 05:56 pm
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Headline

Subject - verb agreement

JRC2024
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JRC2024 03/21/14 - 08:14 pm
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Mascara and eyeliner sure

Mascara and eyeliner sure does not help her looks.

The Mick
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The Mick 03/21/14 - 08:57 pm
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It must be hard work being

It must be hard work being that sorry. These poor kids! May God bless them with a clean, stable home with a loving guardian.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 03/22/14 - 12:46 am
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It's unbelievable!!!

I agree with everyone's comments and I too was wondering how she could have on makeup and not wash a damn dish!
Kept the dog locked in a room so he wouldn't be stolen? What?
Either mental illness, DRUGS or just pure bat s*** crazy.
Those poor children.
How could they stand the smell THEMSELVES?????

iaaffg
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iaaffg 03/22/14 - 03:59 am
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maybe the makeup was
Unpublished

maybe the makeup was free...you know, the five-fingered discount variety? and if you all can't believe people like this exist, evidently you've all been living under a rock, in a bubble or have been safely ensconced in your gated communities surrounded by your jags, benz' and neiman marcus charge cards.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/22/14 - 04:17 am
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Shrimp

They get used to the odor and don't even notice it anymore!! I've arrested many people from houses like this over the years. The odor is so bad it saturates into their clothing. I have literally gagged, with them in my car on the way to the jail!! I remember one that I literally had to pull over and step out of my car or I would have puked!! I was gagging, just driving up the road. He never said a single word!! Didn't even ask me why I was stopping and dry heaving!!

geecheeriverman
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geecheeriverman 03/22/14 - 04:48 am
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iaaffg

what a pompous attitude. jags, benz, an nieman marcus charge cards. gated communities, This is so not a part of the discussion.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/22/14 - 06:53 am
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While my parents were never

While my parents were never that bad, yes, it's mental illness.

They get very, very upset if somebody tries to clean up the place or throw anything away.

And they don't allow people in their home, that's why the relatives didn't know.

Until you've lived with people like that, you just can't imagine what it's like.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/22/14 - 06:57 am
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iaaffg, it's not that we do

iaaffg, it's not that we do not believe people like this exist, it's that we do not understand WHY. There is no excuse except for pure laziness. I don't care how poor and without you are, you can at least be clean.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 03/22/14 - 07:01 am
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I have worked on houses like

I have worked on houses like that. So bad that when you were calculating the cost of the work you had to make an excuse to go outside. When I first started I rembember one off Highway 25 in South Carolina that when you sat down of the sofa small roaches came out of the cushion and they were allover the baby in the crib. I left and went right to the phone and called the police.
Also one off of Golden Camp that smelled so bad because the floor was rotted out and was their bathroom. Worst I have ever seen. It is ok to be poor and ok to be rich but being clean is just not an option.

Grandpa Jones
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Grandpa Jones 03/22/14 - 07:07 am
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...

If they ever get motivated to work, those are the type of people who ends up cooking your food at the fast food joints.

curly123053
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curly123053 03/22/14 - 07:45 am
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Disgusting

I have been in the homes of many poor people's homes in my 22 yrs in EMS, and despite being poor some people kept their homes fairly clean. I have been in a few that were nasty, and they were not always poor. I have been in quite a few houses where roaches would run across your shoes or up your pants legs. To me some people lack any self respect to live like that.

Junket103
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Junket103 03/22/14 - 11:12 am
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Partly Lazy, Mostly Mental Illness

Unfortunately, we have more than our fair share of these situations down here. Our low cost of living and moderate climate are to blame for these people sticking around. While certainly there is an element of laziness involved in all the cases, most can be attributed to mental illness. It used to be that people and families hid mental illness from the rest of society. But like most "great causes" that started years ago to provide improved treatment, the situation has morphed into the right of individuals to live however they please, no matter what their neighbors or even families think. While there are some protections for children and animals, the right of the individual to live in squalor trumps just about all other rights. To deal effectively with this problem involves court order, which in many cases won't be approved, unless the individual is proven to be incompetent. These individuals ruin neighborhoods, public places and ultimately bring down the greater community.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/23/14 - 12:19 pm
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They aren't lazy, they are

They aren't lazy, they are very ill.

They don't perceive things the way that mentally healthy people do.

It runs in families, and for many of them, they were brought up the same way, and that's normal to them.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 03/23/14 - 04:36 pm
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PIGS
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Pigs are cleaner than people like this. This disgusting woman should be neutered so she can't reproduce anymore. She should never get those poor children back. She obviously hasn't missed any meals but her poor children were eating moldy food?

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