Dallas dad arrested after SWAT officers find home filled with filth

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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WFAA

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 10:30 PM

DALLAS -- SWAT officers were sent to a home in the 2900 block of Marideen Avenue to look for weapons after a 16 year old in the house allegedly made threats on social media.

He referred to Adam Lanza, the shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary.

But, when officers went into the home, they didn’t find any weapons -- instead, they found deplorable living conditions.

In a search warrant affidavit, Dallas police say they found the home filled with “[...]trash, food waste, live insects, dead insects, rodent droppings, human waste, and other unidentified filth.

“All the cookware and eating utensils were filthy with food and insect deposits," the document continues. "The refrigerator contained rotting food, the cabinets did not have food in them, and the clothes washer smelled as if it contained vomit.”

Police arrested the head of the household, Ricardo Hernandez, and charged him with child endangerment. They say he put his teenage sons in jeopardy by making them live in terrible conditions.

The boys, ages 14 and 16, hadn't been to school in over two years, according to school records. The father told police the boys' mother had been deported, and wasn't there to care for the children.

The boys told police they stayed home and played video games. One of them said he hadn't taken a shower or bathed in two weeks.

Police believe that Hernandez placed his children in danger of getting infections and or an illness from living in the home.

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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