PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Deplorable conditions at the home of a Portsmouth mother led officials to condemn the home and take her 1 ½-year-old child away.
Arielle and Don Money were arrested for child abuse and neglect earlier this week for keeping their child in unlivable conditions at a home in the 2000 block of Chestnut Street.
Court documents reveal those conditions included dirty diapers piled on top of clothes, dog feces and urine and spoiled food. Investigators reported not seeing any milk or food for the young child, who remains in stable condition at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center.
Doctors there determined she had not reached appropriate developmental milestones and diagnosed her with failure to thrive and malnutrition.
"When I came over there, that house was like, clean, so I don't understand how she got that charge," neighbor Shirley Banks told WAVY.com.
Banks offered one explanation for the mess.
"Once the husband said he was going to leave her, that's probably when she got in depression mode and you know, started getting lazy 'cause she was stressed," Banks said.
Banks said Don Money left Arielle Money two months ago.
Arielle Money worked as a culinary specialist at Naval Station Norfolk. Court documents reveal she told police her baby was behind on vaccinations and had not been to a doctor in six months.
Don Money told police and Child Protective Services that the baby was in his sole care and custody on a day to day basis.
He said that he was aware of the filth and it had been that way for quite some time.
The arrests followed a burglary call made by Arielle during the early morning hours Tuesday.
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