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11-year-old girl with special needs found living amid trash, raw sewage

Parents arrested, charged with neglect
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Posted at 12:52 PM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 12:52:08-04

CLAY COUNTY, Ind. -- Police arrested a Clay County couple after finding their 11-year-old daughter with special needs living in a shack in “deplorable” condition.

Community corrections officers first became aware of the home’s conditions on Aug. 18 when they attempted to conduct a home compliance check at the residence in the 3900 block of East County Road 1500 North.

No one was home at the time, but corrections officers reportedly noticed the home was in poor condition, with trash strewn about and raw sewage on the ground around the structure.

Police eventually obtained a search warrant for the home – described as a small, outbuilding shack-type building – and found numerous health hazards, including unprotected electrical outlets and wires, raw sewage and a lack of indoor plumbing.

Following an interview with police, the parents, 29-year-old Autumn Renee Stone Snodgrass and 36-year-old Stephen C. Snodgrass, were arrested on one count each of neglect of a dependent.

The 11-year-old girl was placed in foster care and was doing well, according to police.

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