Couple Charged With Child Abuse, Drug Counts After Filthy Conditions Found At Sale Creek Home

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
John Clouse
John Clouse

A Sale Creek couple is facing multiple charges after drugs were found along with filthy conditions at their home where four children were living.

Arrested were John and Laura Clouse.

Police said they went to 13736 Old Dayton Pike for a check of the residence on the day after John Clouse had been charged with domestic assault against his wife. An official from Child Protective Services was with police.

Ms. Clouse said she got a black eye because her husband struck her while they were arguing about both being out of a job.

Officers said they could smell what appeared to be raw sewage. Ms. Clouse said that happened each time it rained. They said all the children had visible dirt on their hands, faces and feet.

Officers spotted numerous empty beer cans, marijuana cigarettes, and medication in reach of the children. A meth operation was found in the garage.

Police said there were dog and cat feces, mold and dirt as well as rat droppings throughout the house. A rat was found floating in a bathtub.

The children were placed with a relative until a placement could be made by Child Protective Services.

Ms. Clouse said her husband was able to obtain drugs by selling his food stamp card.

She said when EPB came out to cut off the power, her husband told them that their infant was on a heart monitor. But she said the monitor is no longer used. 

Charges include:

  • AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT
  • POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
  • CHILD ENDANGERMENT
  • POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
  • THEFT OF SERVICES
  • AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT
  • AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT
  • AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT
  • AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT
  • CHILD ENDANGERMENT
  • CHILD ENDANGERMENT
  • CHILD ENDANGERMENT
  • THEFT OF SERVICES
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    Laura Clouse
    Laura Clouse

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