INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WISH) – An Indianapolis man who was arrested in connection for child neglect has been sentenced.
Joseph Patton, 33, was arrested along with Gwendolyn Crockett, 34, after police found three children in a bug-infested home. Patton was sentenced Tuesday to six months on the charges of neglect of a dependent.
In August 2013, police responded to a home on the 900 block of North Parker Avenue after someone reported a boy was caring for two small children.
Police say the home was filled with cockroach infestation and trash. A woman, who was home at the time, said there was no running water. When the woman was asked if the children were hers, she said no and that they were her sister’s and she didn’t know where she was.
The children, ages 3, 1, and a baby, were taken to Riley Hospital for Children for evaluation. Crockett and Patton were arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail.
The three children, and a fourth in the family, were placed in the Department of Child Services’ care.