BLANCHESTER — Police arrested a man after police say his home — which he shared with his wife and three children — contained drugs and paraphernalia, was filthy, and had no running water or electricity.
On Monday evening, May 30 a Blanchester resident reported that her daughter had become sick after using marijuana at 111 N. Clark St. Apt. A, Blanchester, according to Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.
“The girl, age 14, was interviewed by police after being treated and released from the hospital,” Reinbolt said. “She stated she and several other youngsters used marijuana at the Clark Street residence with Mark Baker, 36, on the afternoon of May 30.”
An investigation was opened and several other youngsters were interviewed by officers over the next three days. Early Thursday afternoon Blanchester Police executed a search warrant at the residence, which is the home of Mark and Aleshia Baker and their three children, ages 8, 12 and 14.
“Officers found various items of drug paraphernalia and marijuana inside, and also learned that the house has been without electric or running water for approximately a year,” Reinbolt said. “The inside of the house was filthy, with animal feces and urine on the floors, garbage strewn about, and with very few furnishings.”
Officers arrested Mark Baker at the scene. He is charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of children for allegedly using marijuana with the youngsters at the home on May 30. He is also charged with three counts of endangering children for allegedly violating his duty of care to his own children due to the unlivable conditions of the home, Reinbolt said.
All three children were taken from the home by officers and turned over to Clinton County Children Services for placement, he added.
Also Thursday police also charged Aleshia Baker, 35, with three counts of endangering children for allegedly “violating her duty of care to her children due to the unlivable conditions of the home.”