Police: Deplorable Conditions in Apartment

By Jim Madalinsky

Published 07/08 2014 05:24PM

Updated 07/08 2014 06:16PM

ALTOONA - According to Altoona Police, 10 month old twins, a four year old and a two year old lived along with their mother inside the apartment. Now both the mother and their father are facing felony charges for endangering the welfare of children.
"It's evident that the conditions were absolutely deplorable," Lieutenant Jeff Pratt of the Altoona Police Department says.
Altoona Police say a hang up 911 call is why they were able to find four young kids living in those conditions in this Altoona apartment early Sunday morning.
"Particularly telling was a bathtub in the residence that obviously hadn't been used for quite some time due to the fact that it was rusted, moldy and filled with soiled bed linens, clothing and what not," Lt. Pratt says.
And according to the criminal complaint filed against the parents that was just scratching the surface.
The crib for the twins was divided into two wooden boards that the twins were chewing on.
An upstairs window was broken and the window sill appeared to be covered in feces and blood.
Also one of the kids was found playing with a lighting fixture that police say was not only broken, exposing the wires, but also active.
According to the complaint, the two year old also has a serious medical condition and police say they found unused medicine stacked in boxes throughout the apartment.
The mother, 30 year old April Greene, and the children's father, 31 year old John Mattiello are both being charged.
"I feel bad for the children because these are little kids that can't help themselves." Shannon McCormick says.
Shannon McCormick works next door to the apartment.
"As a parent it's just frustrating with all the help that's available for these people and to be here and work here on a daily basis and for it to be right behind you is devastating," McCormick says.
But McCormick says she is thankful about one thing.
That police were able to find the kids before anything worse happened.
"Thank goodness. I'm not sure what the situation was or how it occurred but thankfully someone was able to step in and help these kids," McCormick says.
Police say an immediate family relative did offer to take care of the kids. Both Greene and Mattiello were released on $10,000 unsecured bail. Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 16th.

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