Mount Washington couple arrested on child endangering charges

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A Mount Washington couple was arrested this morning on charges they endangered the welfare of their children by keeping a filthy home and acted cruelly to their nine pets.

Joseph Thibodeaux, 61, and Carla Thibodeaux, 50, are awaiting arraignment today.

Pittsburgh police wrote in a criminal complaint that they began investigating after officers were called to the couple's home on Beltzhoover Avenue for a possible overdose.

When they returned on Sept. 12, they learned that three children -- ages 9, 15 and 16 -- lived with the couple, as did an 18-year-old woman. Officers stood outside the home while one of the girls showed them the animals, some of which had fleas, missing fur, overgrown nails and other problems.

Police obtained a search warrant and returned Sept. 17, when they put on protective gear, including a mask, because the odor emanating from the home smelled like "garbage, animal waste, dirty people and filth."

Inside the home, they found animal waste throughout the house, garbage strewn about, and flies feasting on a muffin pan, according to the complaint.

Representatives from Allegheny County Children, Youth and Families removed the children -- some of whom were adopted -- from the home. Pittsburgh police and an Animal Friends officer removed four dogs, four cats and one ferret.

The 18-year-old was expected to be placed with relatives, police said.

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First Published September 26, 2013 12:00 AM


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