WEST JORDAN, Utah, March 12, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A West Jordan woman has been arrested on one charge for child abuse/neglect after police found her two children in a residence an officer described as “deplorable and unsafe.”
West Jordan police were called to the residence at 6:30 p.m. Friday on a report of a domestic disturbance in progress.
“I arrived and found no one answering knocks on the door,” said the WJPD officer who filed the probable cause statement.
“While knocking, the door came open. The stench of rotting food came from inside. While calling out, a child was peeking his head out of a room and would not respond,” the statement says.
“Officers entered and encountered deplorable and unsafe conditions inside the home. Two children, ages 4 and 10, were located in a filthy, cluttered bedroom that reeked of urine and stale food.”
An adult male who the officer said had been hiding in a bathoom came out.
“The home was not habitable,” he statement says. “It was learned that officers had encountered a similar situation yesterday, though the mother (AP) was on the scene.”
The mother, identified as 29-year-old Yessica Del Carmen Salcido, returned to the scene, the statement says, adding that “she was disheveled and appeared to be under the influence of drugs.”
Officers who had been on the scene a day earlier said that the woman appeared less impaired when encountered the previous day, the statement says. A check of records indicated the call for service was the sixth to come to police in the previous nine days.
“The problem stems from the father of her child, her boyfriend and others being allowed in the home,” the probable cause statement said, without further elaboration.
The situation “imperils the child’s (cq) health and welfare,” the statement says. “The children were not safe and were being neglected.”
Salcido was arrested for child abuse/criminal neglect.