Acting on a tip from a concerned witness, the Burnsville police arrived at the home of Andrew and Delilah Worcester armed with a search warrant.
According to cops, the house was in total disarray. There were all sorts of pets running through stacks of garbage. Belongings were stacked up everywhere, and the stench of urine hung in the air. As they moved through the house, the officers periodically ran back outside to clear their lungs.
But they hadn't seen the worst of it until they came to a locked and barricaded door.[jump]
They found a 7-year-old boy inside on that January day. He was morbidly obese, covered from head to toe in sores, and wearing a diaper overflowing with his own waste. The boy couldn't speak and appeared to be developmentally disabled. The walls, windows and tarp-covered floor were smeared with feces. The stench was overpowering. Delilah Worcester told officers the child had been locked in his room since the previous night.
"We've seen filthy living conditions in other houses," says Sargent Rory Bochniak. "But not to this extreme."
Bochniak says while normally social services takes care of these cases, this was clearly a criminal matter.
The cops immediately set about removing the boy and his siblings, ages 11, 7, 4 and 2. The kids are all currently in foster care. The adults are now being charged with gross misdemeanor child neglect. They've been evicted from their townhome, and are due on April 4.