Dirty Neighbors Force Single Mom From Home

Published 08/18 2014 05:48PM

Updated 08/18 2014 08:36PM

JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- Johnstown Police arrested a couple after being called to their home for a domestic disturbance, but what was found inside of it caused for alarm.

Anthony Robinson-Collins and Latasha Powell were arrested Friday at their McMillen Street home.  Police were called there for a domestic when the couple was arguing and allegedly drunk.  When police went inside of the home kids were found unattended and told officers they don’t remember the last time they ate or had a shower.  Police said there were also cockroaches crawling throughout the home and feces on the floor.  The kids were given to a family member, the parents arrested and the home condemned.

The home is apart of duplex, “Jennifer” has lived on the other side for about three years.  She said she has always had a clean home and kept a tidy house.  The single mother of four kids noticed an increase in bugs earlier in the summer.  It started around the same time the new neighbors moved in.

“I had the exterminator here a few times,” she said.

Jennifer originally thought the bugs were coming in from the vacant house next door but on Friday learned it was coming from the neighbors on the others side of the wall.

“It’s sad you find this out, have your house bombed again only to learn you have to get out and quick- plus you see bugs crawling around.”

The bugs are so severe its forced Jennifer and her kids from their home; it too will be condemned on Thursday.  The 30-year old is trying to save what she can but has to throw out just about everything.  Her kids are staying with family while she goes through her belongings.  She is having difficulty finding help because she has to replace everything.  She recently lost her job and works part time and does not get any assistance. 

“It’s hard who has money to replace their furniture and my kids are going back to school?”

Donations to help out Jennifer can be dropped off at Works of Deliverance Church on Park Avenue in Moxham.

She’s in need of mattress, furniture, clothes and toys.  Her kids are 11 months to 11 years old.

“I am really upset.”

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