Police investigating after children with black eyes, dead animals found at feces-littered Pennsylvania property

UPPER OXFORD, Pa. -- Police describe the conditions inside a home in Upper Oxford, Pennsylvania as some of the worst they've ever encountered.

On Wednesday, State Police Corporal Robert Kirby spoke to the media, giving the disturbing details of what they found at the home.

"Inside the residence there was approximately four inches of sewage in the basement, bugs, maggots, flies, fleas and feces all over the residence," Kirby said.

Tragically, he confirms that three young children and an adult child were living there with two adults.

On top of the deplorable conditions inside, Kirby says the kids were subject to living amongst several dead animals and many others barely clinging to life.

Kirby says this may be the worst case of neglect he's encountered.

"No child, no adult, no animal should be living in that house. That's how bad it is," said Kirby.

The discovery was made Tuesday night when one of the children was seen by a driver playing outside. The passerby called police.

When officers arrived they found two children with black eyes. Then they found dead rabbits, dogs, a chicken and a pig, all openly decomposing.

They also noticed many other animals alive, but some just barely.

A combination of 25 dogs, cats, a pig, snakes, rats and a bearded dragon were found alive.

Walt Fenstermacher of the Brandywine Valley SPCA says they've taken the surviving animals.

"The body conditions of some of the animals were below what they should be," said Fenstermacher. "They're in various stages of health and wellness."

At this point, police believe several other animals have been buried on the property.

State police also removed several rifles from the garage Wednesday afternoon.

The children are no longer with the parents. They've been place with other family members.

Police say the adults will be charged for animal cruelty and they're still sorting out the child abuse investigation.
Copyright © 2019 WPVI-TV. All Rights Reserved.