A postal worker in Sharp County, Arkansas, found two children in horrendous condition while she was making her daily rounds delivering mail.
Postal woman Judy Arnold Alexander, was driving down Hars Creek Road in Ash Flat on Friday when she noticed two young girls.
The older of the two young girls was a 4-year-old and she was wearing a dirty torn nightgown, while the younger girl, a 2-year-old was completely naked and covered in feces, according to Alexander.
Alexander got the two girls out of the road and quickly began looking for whomever was supposed to be caring for the girls.
She told police that during her search for the caretaker of the children she heard faint music coming from a garage and found the mother passed out in a chair.
“The postal worker stopped when she saw two small children playing in the road, and I am glad she did come along,” Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts said.
Alexander immediately called 911. Sheriff Counts, along with several deputies, responded.
Counts said the two girls were very dirty and living in awful conditions.
“The girls appeared not to have had a bath in several days and appeared to be covered in what looked like feces,” Counts said. “We used some baby wipes to clean them up before DHS could get there.”
Sheriff Counts woke the sleeping mother, 29-year-old Heather Shelton, who then informed Counts that there was also an infant inside the home.
Upon entry to the home a baby was heard crying and the conditions were even worst than initially suspected.
“The little baby boy’s crib had a used diaper in there that appeared to be there for a while, maybe up to a week,” Counts said. “It was just a bad situation.”
Counts made the call to Department of Human Services to have the children removed from the horrid conditions and away from the neglect that Shelton had made the children endure.
“When DHS showed up the kids didn’t want anything to do with her,” Counts said. “I think they have been having to fend for themselves for a while. I know when they took the kids off the mom didn’t show much emotion at all.”
A search warrant was also obtained for Shelton’s home, where they found two bags of marijuana, two pipes and eight open bottles of finger nail polish.
Heather Shelton was taken to the Sharp County Jail where she is being held on three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of an instrument to commit a crime.
Counts said this incident was one of the worst of this kind since he has been the sheriff.
“The mom is more worried about getting high than taking care of her very beautiful children, and it is just sad,” Counts said.