State police at Rockview said a Miles Township woman was arrested for endangerment because her eight children lived in a filthy house filled with animal feces.
Mandy Cook, 36, was charged with eight misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of children and three summary counts of cruelty to animals after Centre County Children and Youth Services and police became involved with the family.
Initial reports questioned the children’s safety because of domestic violence issues, but when investigating, authorities said, they found a home with dog feces on the carpets, kids who said they didn’t own underwear, mattresses scattered on the floors and “garbage piled up” around the house.
In court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing, police also cited safety concerns for the children, such as knives in easy reach.
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The children, who were removed from the home in March, ranged in age from 2 months to 16.
An animal rescue worker said one dog suffered from such bad bacterial and fungal skin infections that it might never regrow fur.
District Judge Leslie Dutchcot bound the case over for trial, but denied a prosecution motion for secured bail. Cook remains free on her own recognizance.