Local woman charged after children found in feces-filled apartment

Pauline Jo Essix. (Jail photo)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) An apartment filled with animal feces and broken dishes has led to the arrest of a Waco mother, police said Thursday.

Pauline Jo Essix, 22, was arrested Wednesday night and charged with three counts of abandoning/endangering a child, a state jail felony.

She remained jailed Thursday in lieu of bonds totaling $9,000, according to jail records.

Waco police say they were called to do a welfare check at Essix's home in the Towne Oaks Apartments on Sanger Avenue.

Responding officers reported immediately smelling animal feces and saw it "everywhere" along with piles of dishes, broken dishes, cat litter spilled across the floor, and old food covering the countertops, a police spokesman said.

Police say the three children, all under the age of five, appeared to be sleeping on a futon surrounded by animal feces which was easily within reach.

Waco PD Spokesman Sgt. Patrick Swanton called the conditions "deplorable."

The three children have different fathers.

Two of the three were placed with Texas Child Protective Services and the third was picked up by the father, police said.