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US marshals arrest midstate woman in filthy home case

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 7, 2016 4:36 PM
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(Steelton) -- U.S. marshals have tracked down a Dauphin County woman who failed to surrender to face charges that she kept 11 children in a home filled with human feces, insects, rotten meat and trash.

Steelton police say 34-year-old Takeya Fluellen was supposed to turn herself in Wednesday to face aggravated assault and child endangerment charges. Instead she told authorities she was leaving the area with one of her children.

Deputy marshals said they arrested Fluellen at a home in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon and recovered the child.

Authorities say the couple's children were found living in deplorable conditions in their home last summer. Six of the children were sickened by bacteria that causes diarrhea.

Her husband, Tyree, is being held on similar charges in the Dauphin County jail.

It is not known if the Fluellens have lawyers who can comment on the charges.

An earlier story is below:

Police are looking for a midstate woman who failed to surrender to face charges stemming from a filthy home in which 11 children were living. 

Steelton police say 34-year-old Takeya Fluellen was supposed to turn herself in to face aggravated assault and child endangerment charges on Wednesday.

But she contacted them and said she decided not to do so.

Her husband, Tyree, is held on similar charges in the Dauphin County jail. 

Authorities say their children were found living in deplorable conditions in their home during the summer that was full of trash, feces and raw meat.

Child welfare workers found maggots overflowing in trash cans during a check of the home, and toilets and bathtubs were filled with feces.

Six of the kids were sickened by bacteria that causes diarrhea. 

It is not known if the Fluellens have lawyers.

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