A couple has been arrested after police discovered the horrific conditions their five children were forced to live in.
On Wednesday, officers from the Poplar Bluff Police Department (PBPD) in the US state of Missouri went to the home of Aaron and Teyrsa Medly, following reports of drug activity at their residence.
Outside the residence, rubbish and rubbish bags were scattered around the front of the home, local news station KFVS reported, with police then granted access to the property.
Once inside, officers were met with a "pungent odour that made their stomachs churn".
In addition to the foul odour of the home, there were clear signs of a lack of personal hygiene.
Chief Danny Whiteley, from the PBPD was at the scene and said he has been to many homes with the same foul odour he was greeted with when he arrived at the home on Butler Street.
He told the local news station those homes had unsanitary and unhealthy conditions due to faeces, garbage and filth.
At the home, there were five children, aged between one and nine.
Inside, the floor was covered with loose garbage and bags of garbage, dirt and animal and human faeces and urine, KFVS reported.
In the bathroom, there was a dark and hard substance covering the floor, piles of dirty clothes and used toilet paper and nappies covering the ground.
Inside the fridge there were dead cockroaches, there was a cooking dish on the stove that had dead maggot larvae inside and flies were buzzing around the home.
The five children were removed from the home with the assistance of the county's social services.
Police arrested the couple for endangering their children and taken into custody. Investigations are ongoing.
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