Mom gets probation time in bug-infested home case

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A woman arrested last summer after three children were found in a bug-infested home will serve probation time.

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. The children, ages 3, 1, and a baby, were taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health for evaluation and later placed in the Department of Child Services’ care.

Joseph Patton and Gwendolyn Crockett were arrested in the case for felony neglect of a dependent. Patton was sentenced back in April. 

A Marion County judge sentenced Gwendolyn Crockett to 730 days — which is just under two years — in Community Corrections on July 14. She received two days of jail credit and 550 days of her sentence was suspended.

A judge ordered Crockett to serve 180 days of probation through Marion County Community Corrections Home Detention. She must also receive psychological evaluation and treatment, attend counseling and parenting classes and pay fees. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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