Narcotics officers raided a Mansfield house Monday night looking for drugs, but what they found were young children who police said were living in squalor.
Police said they were following up on some tips about drug trafficking when they raided the house in the 800 block of Quail Terrace. They forced their way inside after witnessing some drug activity.
"They shattered glass all over my little brother while he was sleeping. Fu@#!*$ kicked in my back door, kicked in this one too," said Chandler Wilson.
The 16-year-old admits the officers were looking for him. He had a small amount of marijuana on him.
"They found that and some jewelry bags so they said I'm selling drugs. And since they found the little pipe that had weed residue in it then I guess they thought they got me with that," he said.
The officers also found something they weren't expecting – eight children between the ages of 2 and 14 sleeping on mats on the floor.
Police said they were living in horrid conditions. The floor that they were sleeping on was littered with dog feces, urine and roaches. They also said the house smelled and was filthy.
"Took all my little brothers my little sister," Wilson said.
Neighbors had been complaining about the house for months. One of them said he'd witnessed drug dealings outside.
"I see the cars, people sitting in the front yards go straight to the car, quick exchange, go straight back, sit down, car leaves. Different car all the time," he said.
Police said despite the small amount of drugs found, the raid was a success.
"The initial goal was to go in and get the narcotics out of this location and in the course of that we found all these children. And once again it just goes to show you we never know what we're going into," said Thad Penkala with the Mansfield Police Department.
Wislon's father, Donald, said his eight youngest children are now staying with a family friend while police and Child Protective Services investigate.
He attributed the conditions inside of the house to the fact that he has been out of work for the past two years.
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