May 28, 2009
Nicolette Brady And Chad Lee Lived Like Animals - Children Found Living In Roach Infested Filth, Flea Bitten, Unable To Speak
Metairie, Louisiana (The Weekly Vice) -- Nicolette Brady, 35, and Chad Lee, 34, were arrested Wednesday after authorities discover a 4-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy living in a bug and waste infested apartment. The children were found in soaked diapers, bug bitten and unable to speak.
"When a deputy tried to talk to the children, neither of them spoke and they apparently didn't understand what he was saying."
Sheriff's deputies investigating a child neglect case discovered two children living in a feces and roach infested apartment that swarmed with gnats and flies.
When deputies entered the residence, the floor was soaked - presumably with water - with layers of black mold covering most surfaces. The deputies found no food in the cabinets, but did find exposed wires hanging out of several outlets, according to the arrest report.
Investigators say the still-diapered children were covered with small scabs and cuts which paramedics later identified as mosquito and mite bites, the report stated. Neighbors confirmed that the couple left the children unattended often and that the children failed to exhibit language skills.
According to the incident report, the deputy first found the children hanging out an open window. He tried to talk to the children but noted that neither one would speak and apparently didn't understand what he was saying.
Both children are currently being assessed to determine the cause of their limited ability to interact. Speech and interactive skill can be slowed by a mental condition or simply a lack of stimulation. In either case, no documentation has yet been produced indicating the children had been previously evaluated for such condition.
Brady and Lee were arrested and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna.
Brady was charged with cruelty to juveniles, desertion and resisting arrest. Bail in her case was set at $6,500. Lee was charged with cruelty to jeveniles and desertion. His bail was set at $5,000.
The Weekly Vice
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