June 21, 2018 10:23 PM
New court documents reveal the moments leading up to Brooklyn Park police rescuing a group of siblings from a home they say was unfit for any child.
It all started when an 11-year-old girl ran away from her home on Queen Avenue early Monday morning, prompting a metro-wide search. She was found safe in Bloomington, while investigators sorted through a home they say was filled with garbage, rats and bugs.
Court documents filed Thursday say there were also live extension cords sitting in standing water and bleach and that the children reported their mother has poured boiling water on them and hit them with a belt or a cord as punishment in the past.
Police found one of the children, a 12-year-old, living in a nearby park and sleeping in a swing in the rain, according to the new court filings. They also say he had run away on Friday, three days prior to his sister, but that was never reported to police.
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The documents say the little girl ran away after her mother accused her of throwing maggots on the side of the house, but neither police nor the children reported seeing any maggots.
Their mother was taken to the hospital where these new documents say she tested positive for amphetamines.
All of the children are now in the care of child protective services. Their mother has been hospitalized for mental illness.
There is still an open criminal investigation into the unexplained death of an 8-year-old child in the home back in February.
Updated: June 21, 2018 10:23 PM
Created: June 21, 2018 09:36 PM
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