Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 3, 2012

3 children removed from unsanitary living conditions

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — Three young children were removed from a residence and one man arrested on a host of charges — including child abuse/neglect — when Cumberland County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to investigate unsanitary living conditions.

During the safety check, deputies also learned the father was wanted on several unrelated charges and took him into custody.

Leslie Dewayne Martin, 34, 45 Critter Crossing, or 3314 Peavine Rd., was arrested for probation violation, an attachment for failure to appear, an attachment for failure to pay fine, child abuse/neglect, criminal impersonation and obstruction of service of a legal writ or process.

Saturday deputies Sgt. Jason Elmore, David Moore, Kevin Phillips and Danny Stone were dispatched to the Critter Crossing address to check on the welfare of the three children.

When officers first approached Martin, he told them his name was Timothy Asperry. Upon further questioning, he admitted he had lied to officers and identified himself as Martin.

Inside the residence, deputies said they discovered several items in plain view that caused the officers alarm over the safety and welfare of the three children present.

In addition to a pungent odor in the house, Phillips wrote in his report, "numerous things were seen in plain view that questioned the children's welfare, including food on the countertops and sink that was rotten and crawling with bugs, drug paraphernalia, no running water and both toilets completely full of human waste."

The Department of Children's Services was notified of the living conditions and responded to the scene.

One of the children reportedly suffers from a heart condition and was supposed to be seen by a heart specialist in April, but that appointment was not kept.

Bond for Martin was set at $21,250 and he is to appear in Cumberland County General Sessions Court.