Four children found living in 'deplorable conditions,' parents arrested

Four children found living in 'deplorable conditions,' parents arrested
CrimeTracker
Friday, January 27, 2012 - 9:59am

Four children were removed from their home by the state for living in what investigators call “deplorable conditions.”

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff deputies were called to assist a child services worker in the 1000 block of Whitlow Court on Wednesday about 9:35 a.m.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they said they found a family of six living in “deplorable conditions.”

The parents and four children, a 5-year-old girl, and three boys ages 7, 4, and 3, lived in a two-bedroom mobile home and learned that the entire family slept in one bedroom.

Investigators said the bedroom had a double bed, a twin bed, and bedding area of blankets on the floor. Other rooms were cluttered wall-to-wall with debris and household items with mattresses and box springs standing up on edge, which blocked the bedroom door.

Investigators said clothing was strewn about the home, dirty dishes were stacked on the kitchen counter -- in the sink and on the floor -- and the bathroom floor appeared to be rotten and structurally unsound.

The parents, Chris Rodrigue, 33, and Jenny Cote, 24, told investigators they moved to the home a few months ago from Kenner.

Deputies said the children were never enrolled in school until a child services worker told the parents their children must attend. The 7-year-old boy recently attended a few days of school, investigators said.

Child services workers took custody of the children and scheduled them for general health evaluations.

Rodrigue and Cote were arrested and charged with improper supervision of a minor by a parent and cruelty to juveniles. Their bonds are $20,000.

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