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Mom not jailed for kids living in filth
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A mother has escaped jail time after police raided her home and found her two young children living in squalor with marijuana on the kitchen table.
The mother, Crystal Dawn Grijalva, 29, entered a guilty plea before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to the charge of child neglect. She was placed on probation for an 11-month, 29-day period during which time she must continue her treatment and follow the recommendations of the Department of Children’s Services. She will serve seven days for violating her probation.
She was charged when police responded to a report she was neglecting her children. McMinnville Police Sgt. Kenneth Seagraves found the apartment in disarray.
“The apartment was very unclean with knives and damaged furniture easily accessible to the children,” Seagraves said, noting the children were ages 3 and 16 months. “They were locked in a back bedroom unattended with broken furniture and sharp debris completely covering the floor. The living conditions were found to be quite unsanitary and a danger to small children.”
Along with the unsanitary conditions, Seagraves said he found drugs in plain sight.
“There were remnants of raw marijuana on the kitchen table,” Seagraves said in his warrant, noting the mother failed a drug test later when she tested positive for marijuana.