Children removed from filthy, needle-filled home; mom arrested
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -
A Jonesboro woman faces two counts of felony child endangerment after police say they found her two young children living in a filthy, needle-filled house.
On Thursday, police were called to the 900-block of Burke regarding a disturbance.
According to court documents, when officers arrived they found Carmen Philpot, 39, holding a 6-month-old baby and “talking non-stop.”
Philpot told officers someone was “placing needles throughout her house,” the affidavit stated.
While talking with police, an officer reported witnessing Philpot drop the baby on its head on the concrete.
The baby was taken to a local hospital by ambulance. Doctors reported the child did not suffer any injuries to its head, however they kept the infant overnight to treat “other medical issues and dehydration.”
Officers described the infant and a 4-year-old child as “dirty and unkempt.” The documents stated “the baby had dried feces in its diaper that appeared to have been there several days.”
The Department of Children and Family Services later took custody of both children.
Philpot told officers she had injected meth the day before and that “needles were all over the floor” of her home, located in the 200-block of Vine Street.
Officers then went to Philpot's home, stating “the smell coming from the residence was so noticeable they could smell it from the street.”
Officers said the home appeared as if it had not been cleaned in months and described it as “destroyed” with feces on all the floors.
The affidavit stated a needle was found on the edge of a bathroom counter.
Officers arrested Philpot and took her to the Craighead County Detention Center.
On Friday, after being read her Miranda rights, Philpot reportedly denied using meth and dropping the infant on its head. Instead, she stated the baby “reared back and slipped from her arms but she caught it before it hit the concrete.”
Philpot also denied having a dirty house, claiming she had cleaned it a few days before officers came to the house.
She also told police she has medical and mental issues for which she takes medication.
Friday afternoon Craighead County Judge Keith Blackman found probable cause to charge her with two counts of child endangerment in the first degree.
Philpot is being held in lieu of $5,000 awaiting a September 26 court date.