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  • Three parents charged with neglect

  • Three Independence residents face charges in connection with nine children living in a home infested with roaches and flies. The children suffered bed bug bites bad enough that a doctor advised removing the children from the home.

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  • Three Independence residents face charges in connection with nine children living in a home infested with roaches and flies. The children suffered bed bug bites bad enough that a doctor advised removing the children from the home.
    The children range in age from 2 to 16, including a 2-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl.
    Joseph L. Stalker, 48, Erica L. Stalker, 29, and Angela R. Haney, 30, all living in a home in the 1900 block of South Overton Avenue made Jackson County court appearances Monday in Independence. Each is being held on bond of $50,000.
    Early Saturday afternoon, police were sent to the home to check on the welfare of one of the children, a 9-year-old boy, according to an Independence Police Department probable-cause statement. The officer saw bites on the boy’s face and neck, down both arms on on both legs. The boy’s mother said those were bedbug bites, according to police.
    The officer also saw open sores from bug bites on the arms and legs of the other eight children.
    An ambulance was called, and the crew advised that a doctor at Centerpoint Medical Center said the children needed to be removed from the home to prevent further bites.
    Police said the home was infested with roaches and flies, had “extreme mold” in the basement, “an overwhelming odor similar to a dead animal as well as an overwhelming odor of cat urine,” insect remains in the refrigerator, “extreme clutter and trash” in several rooms, and toxic cleaning supplies in the living room within easy reach of the children.
    Haney and Erica Stalker are cousins. Haney is the mother of four of the nine children in the home, and she faces four felony counts of abuse or neglect of a child. The Stalkers are the parents of the other five children, and they each face five felony counts of abuse or neglect of a child.
     

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