Five Children Removed from Filthy House in Hazleton

HAZLETON, Pa. -- Five children have been removed from a filthy house in Hazleton.

Pictures of filth taken by police show a glimpse of how five children lived at the apartment on North Poplar Street in Hazleton.

City police say they were called to this home Wednesday to find a 2-year-old child naked in the middle of nearby North Poplar Street.

People in Hazleton can't believe it.

"It is actually kind of depressing because how somebody could have a child and not care about their children and that is totally just something uncalled for," said David Yost.

Officers found another child in the doorway and then discovered the filthy world the kids lived in.

With no parent around, police ended up removing the children and putting them in protective services

"The cops did step in and do what they had to do, and hopefully, got justice for the kids, and hopefully, now they are in a better condition," said Yost.

Hazleton police say a city code enforcement officer ended up coming to the second-floor apartment and ended up condemning it.

Officers found trash, bugs, and feces throughout the house.

When Newswatch 16 stopped by, garbage bags and belongings were outside the front steps.

Five children ranging in age from 13 to 2 years old were removed from the home. There were no adults in the home at the time.

Police say charges are pending.

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