BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The parents of two girls are behind bars after Beaverton police found the family living inside an RV filled with human feces and piles of trash.
Throughout the fall storms and winter snow, Brant Sawzac and Randy Harris said the RV the girls were eventually found living in was parked off and on SW Rose Way near downtown Beaverton.
Initially, the men, who work near SW Rose Way, said they believed the 22-foot unit was being used by a neighboring apartment tenant as extra storage.
“There was no power source hooked up to it and no water hooked up to it,” said Harris.
The men said they later learned a family of four that included two little girls were living inside.
“We realized there were people coming and going from it, including kids. When we saw kids living in it, that’s when it was time to report it to authorities,” said Harris.
Beaverton police said a welfare check was conducted at the RV in early March after neighbors reported the unit being illegally parked. However, police said officers left after repeatedly knocking on the door without anyone answering, noting that blankets covering the windows prevented them from looking inside.
Just a month later, a little girl was seen peeking out a front window of the RV, prompting police to follow-up. The children’s parents – 34-year-old Marcelino Navarro and 33-year-old Sarah Clark – were arrested. Both admitted to using drugs.
Court documents revealed that the girls had not been to school since January or February. Both girls were not up-to-date with their shots, had lice and reportedly had not showered for more than a month.
Beaverton Police Detective Jim Shumway said officers followed up for several days after the initial welfare check in March, but no one ever answered the door.
Meanwhile, there is no telling exactly how many months the children lived in such deplorable conditions.
“It’s unbelievable. What I said before, we just didn’t imagine there was four people there. It’s unimaginable,” said Sawzac.
Police said the girls are now living with a nearby relative.