Child in protective custody after officers find home uninhabitable

An 8-year-old girl is in protective custody after police found the home she was living in to be unfit, authorities said.

Officers went to the house near Broadway and 31st Street North shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday after someone called 911 and expressed concern that the child was often locked out of the house and not properly fed, Lt. Doug Nolte said. Officers spoke to the child’s mother and learned that the house had only recently regained electricity.

“The living conditions were unsanitary as well as dangerous,” Nolte said.

There was little food in the house and what food was there was inedible, he said. There were several pets in the residence, creating a strong foul odor and leaving conditions unsanitary.

The Exploited and Missing Child Unit and the Department of Family Services have opened an investigation, Nolte said. It’s not clear at this point whether an arrest will be made or the mother will be made aware of assistance available to help her stay on top of house care.