Cockroaches found crawling on baby in Haskell; parents arrested


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Updated: 10/03/2013 10:15 pm Published: 10/03/2013 3:36 pm


Children were found living in a cockroach-infested home with meth in Muskogee County.

Deputies arrested Carl Sowers, 27, and Kimberly Sowers, 24, on Wednesday on complaints they forced their children to live in filth and around meth in their Haskell home.

Deputies said they received an anonymous tip led them to the home outside of Haskell. Investigators said when they got inside they found the home unlivable.

"It's awful," said Lisa McCoy.

She stopped in Haskell to visit friends with Stephanie Sample, who is also a mother.

“[Ages] Three and four? Oh, that makes me mad," said Sample.

Deputies said they also found a 1-year-old in a playpen with cockroaches crawling on the baby and on the bottle.

"Oh my gosh, I hadn't heard anything about it," said Sample.

Among the filth, deputies said they found meth and meth equipment in the trailer. Investigators said Kimberly Sowers admitted to smoking meth.

“Kids, it's something that is very precious, they should not be treated like that," said convenience store manager Ash Mhmud.

He knew the Sowers as customers but said they were not a problem.

Deputies reported that next to the trailer they found a meth lab inside the RV.

"That is just ridiculous for a parent to allow that around their kids,"' said Haskell resident LaDedra Wheat.

FOX23 News learned Carl Sowers is the father of the three kids and Kimberly Sowers is the mother of two. The children are now in DHS custody.

“Your children? Don't put the children, go mess up your life, don't mess up their life," said Sample.

Jail records show Carl Sowers is in jail being held on $50,000 bond, and Kimberly Sowers posted a $50,000 bond on Thursday.

Muskogee County Assistant District Attorney Jason Perez said he plans to file charges for felony child neglect, endeavoring meth, drug paraphernalia and possession of meth.

Prison records show Carl Sowers pleaded guilty to abetting a child in a drug crime in 2004 and received a deferred sentence. The charge was revoked and amended to child abuse, for which he served a six-year sentence. Details about the case were not available.

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Broman - 10/4/2013 3:24 PM
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Sad....

Unwashed Mass - 10/4/2013 11:53 AM
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How much of that mess was made when the house was searched? Police can be pretty messy when they are on a War On Drugs crusade.

Mayor Maynot - 10/3/2013 4:04 PM
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Eeewww the creepy crawly news. Be a better world for those baby's now.
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