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Toddlers removed from ‘trashed’ city apartment

Man, woman face child endangering charges

Staff report

WARREN — Two people are charged with child endangering after city police and Trumbull County Children Services investigated what was described as a trash- and drug-filled apartment.

The Children Services investigator called the apartment at Stonegate Apartments, 1210 Roberts Ave. NW, the worst place she had ever been inside of, a police report states.

Tommy Lee Couch and Angelica Burns, both 25, of Apt. J2 at the address, were arraigned Tuesday on two counts of child endangering, one count possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count possession of drug abuse instruments.

Municipal Judge Terry Ivanchak set bond for each at $12,500 and ordered no contact with the two children who lived at the home — ages 1 and 3. Preliminary hearings for the two are set for 1:30 p.m. April 24 before Ivanchak, court records state.

As of Wednesday afternoon, both Couch and Burns had not posted bond and remained in custody. Burns also was wanted on an active warrant from Trumbull County Central District Court.

Police were called to the apartment about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday and found the children in the apartment among needles, suspected drugs and trash “everywhere,” the report states. Officers had to enter through a back door because no one answered the front door, according to the report.

One officer said in the report he could smell “a terrible stench of sewer and feces” inside. Other reports said officers could see a swarm of gnats everywhere as they walked among the half-filled trash bags and half-eaten food scattered in the rooms.

“You literally had to cover your nose and mouth,” an officer was quoted in a report.

The report states a bindle of suspected heroin was found in front of a child’s bed. Officers said more charges may be filed after the suspected items are tested.

The children told first responders they hadn’t eaten since breakfast and one EMT brought them some fast food. The children were taken into the custody of Children Services.

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