New Castle News

March 4, 2014

Woman charged with child endangerment

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A New Castle woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of children because of alleged deplorable living conditions.

New Castle police filed the charge last week against Autumn Herbert, 23, of 408 W. Grant St. after answering a call at her home Feb. 20 and finding children there while Herbert was not at home.

Police reported the conditions in the house were deplorable and they found two toddlers sleeping in diapers on a double bed, and debris, discarded clothing and garbage piled a foot deep, completely covering the floor.

All the playpens and bassinets were stuffed full of clothing, used and dirty dishes, food and other items, police said. They said the entire residence was in similar condition.

Officers said they found an unopened loaf of bread and a bag containing three boxes of unopened cereal buried under a pile of clothing, and garbage and dirty diapers were lying on the floor.

The officers contacted Lawrence County Children and Youth Services, which took custody of the children.

Herbert was sent a summons to appear in court on the charge.

Police said they had gone to the home to serve a warrant on Kenneth Lee Foster, 31, who has addresses there and at 611 Grandview Ave.

Foster arrested that day on 71 charges of alleged repeated sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl and was jailed on $50,000 bond.