DCS: Seven People Living in 'Deplorable' Conditions
Jennifer Termine and Noval Sollars (photos courtesy RTV6)
A family dispute in Vigo County Wednesday night ended with authorities removing several children from a home they said to be in "deplorable and hazardous" condition.
The call began with reports of a woman threatening to shoot family members with a gun on the 7500 block of Pottsville Road in northwestern Vigo County. They arrived to find Jennifer Termine, 40, amidst a fight between several of her children. Police said four of Termine's children lived at the home: a 21-year-old daughter, a 19-year-old daughter, a 16-year-old son and a 13-year-old son.
According to police, the 19-year-old, who has autism, had gotten into a physical fight with the 13-year-old boy. The 21-year-old daughter had then gotten involved in the altercation, at which point the 13-year-old struck her in the head with a walking cane.
The 21-year-old suffered a minor contusion to her head and was taken to Union Hospital.
Further investigation revealed that Termine's father, Norval Sollars, 71, and his 11-year-old son also lived at the residence, which was found to be in appalling condition.
Vigo County authorities said they observed cats running loose in the residence and animal feces strewn throughout the house. Deputies said nearly every living space of the home was filled with garbage, and cockroaches were found throughout the residence, including in food preparation areas.
Deputies also found roach-covered food in large, hazardous holes in the floor.
Officials said they believed all seven people lived at the home, though only two beds were found within the residence.
Deputies alerted Child Protective Services, who agreed that conditions at the home were "hazardous and unsatisfactory for children." The children were removed from the residence pending further investigation.
Termine and Sollars were taken into custody and transported to the Vigo County jail on preliminary charges of the neglect of dependents.