Police: Children Living in Food, Filth and Feces, Mother Facing Charges


Authorities discovered three children living in what they described as deplorable conditions at an apartment in Belmont County and now their mother faces charges.

The Department of Job and Family Services got a tip that a woman was raising her children in deplorable conditions.

Dawn Johnston, 27, was charged with child endangerment. 

Sheriff’s Deputies went with caseworkers into the Bel Village Apartments outside Neffs.

Sheriff Dave Lucas said they found three children who were ages three, four and five living in filth, with an overflowing toilet, and the heavy odor of urine and feces.

He said the floor had filth, feces and food on it.Johnston’s three children were taken to the hospital and treated for scabies and lice.

“It was decided by us and Job and Family Services to take emergency custody,” said Sheriff Lucas. “They were taken to a local hospital where they were treated for lice and scabies. And the mother was brought to the Belmont County Jail and charged for child endangerment.”

Sheriff Lucas said Johnston has posted bond and is now out of jail.

The children are presently placed with foster parents.

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