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East Texas children removed from filthy mobile home

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

TROUP, TX (KLTV)- Some East Texas children were removed from their adoptive parents home after authorities say the mobile home was filthy.

Now, child endangerment charges are pending against the parents. Deputies were dispatched to the home on Count Line Road near Troup Wednesday afternoon on a family disturbance call.

However, what deputies found inside the home is even more disturbing.

Molded food covers nearly every inch of every room in the mobile home. The springs of one child's urine-soaked mattress stick out, so authorities say he slept on dirty blankets. Precinct 3 Constable Dustin Rust says the children had to be removed.

"They knowingly, intentionally provided a dangerous environment for these children," said Rust.

 The children's adoptive mom Martha McDougal says it wasn't always like this.

"We've been keeping it pretty clean and then my husband hurt his knee and he was down and couldn't work or help clean," said McDougal.

Authorities found medication where the children play, a knife mixed in with their movies and their bedrooms covered in filth.

"There were several places in the residence where a there were holes leading to the outside where insects and rodents would get in," said Rust. "One of the children's windows didn't even have a window in it. It was just open to the outside. I found glass in his bed that he said came from the window."

Rust says none of the children were enrolled in school. McDougal says she was home schooling the children, but Rust says that's not exactly true.

"I personally asked the children if they wanted to leave or if they if they wanted to stay and they said no. They wanted to leave," he said.

When McDougal learned what her children told authorities, our interview almost came to an end.

"That's it. That's all I'm saying," she said.

She walked off and broke down in tears. "I love them with all my heart. Even if I knew how it was going to turn out, I still would have got them," said McDougal.

On one of the child's bedroom walls, this was written: "Thoughts and conversations last a while, but memories and dreams last forever."

Authorities hope memories of this life will eventually fade from the children's minds.

Wednesday, the children were placed with their grandmother. Thursday afternoon, one of the children somehow was back with their mother. CPS was called and the child was again removed.

Rust says his office will hand over the evidence to a grand jury. A grand jury will then review the evidence and decide whether or not to indict Martha and Mark McDougal on child endangerment charges.

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