PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An officer with 40 years behind the badge called it the single worst case of child neglect she has seen, court documents revealed.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, on April 24, officers Robert Slyter and JP McFarlane responded to a report of a 10-year-old child left unattended at an apartment complex in the 12500-block of Southeast Powell Boulevard.
McFarlane wrote in her report that in her 40 years on the job as a police officer, “these were the worst conditions she has seen,” court documents state.
When officer Slyter arrived, he met with the boy who said he was worried because his father, Brian Parmentier and his “step mom,” Sarah Call, did not come home, and that he had been left alone since Wednesday, prosecutors said.
Slyter immediately noticed the home was in “deplorable conditions with garbage, food and dog feces all over the floor,” court documents state.
The smell was so strong the officer could not stay in the home for more than eight minutes, he wrote in his report.
Police said the residence had no running water and there were flies everywhere and nearly every square inch of the apartment was covered in trash.
According to police, there was no phone in the home and the 10-year-old had to use the family’s computer to contact an unknown person for help.
Slyter said there was a bare mattress on the bedroom floor that the boy would sleep on with no sheet.
McFarlane called animal control to take custody of three dogs, a cat and three small kittens inside the apartment that also did not appear to have access to food or water, court documents state.
Police said the 10-year-old boy hadn’t eaten that day and was given food by the two responding officers.
Slyter spoke with Call who admitted that she and Parmentier were arrested for possession of meth and were booked into the Washington County Jail on Wednesday.
Call admitted to living at the apartment with Parmentier and takes care of the boy “like a son,” court documents state.
Parmentier was interviewed and stated he felt his son was old enough to stay at home by himself, court documents state.
Deputy District Attorney Susan Howard has filed charges of criminal mistreatment, child neglect and animal neglect against the two suspects.
A grand jury will review the case within the week, and both suspects will be back in court on May 9 for a preliminary hearing.
— Brent Weisberg