A couple was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama after police and child protective services swarmed their home, and found a 6-year-old boy confined to a small area of the home, with visible infected injuries, found in a pile of rubbish, feces, urine, gasoline cans, and other hazardous items.
Melissa Deal, 37, and Randall Deal, 31, had three children, all exposed to the same environment. All children have now been taken away and are in the hands of the Child Protect Children’s Advocacy Center in Montgomery. This non-profit organization helps relocate children and makes their interview process as painless as possible after the terrible situations they have faced.
Police say that they found the male in the house, and upon seeing the police he attempted to flee. He was arrested anyway. A police search revealed a gun. An in-depth search of the home revealed more firearms, including a Beretta 9mm pistol, along with meth, other drugs and drug-related items that were all open and within easy access of the child.
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A Montgomery man and mother of a 6-year-old are facing aggravated child abuse and endangerment charges after the woman’s young son and two of his older siblings were found neglected and living in a home deemed “unlivable” by authorities.
Melissa Deal, 37, and Randall Deal, 31, were arrested last week at their house in the 8700 block of Will Newton Drive, located in a neighborhood just off of Chantilly Parkway. The Montgomery Police Department was assisting the Alabama Department of Human Resources on a child welfare investigation at the time of the arrests.
Officers first found the 6-year-old boy confined to an area of the home where feces, urine, gasoline cans, drain cleaner, debris and other hazardous items littered the floor, according to court documents. He had holes in his feet from infected and untreated blisters.
It was later confirmed that two other siblings, a 12-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl were also exposed to the same environment. All three were removed from the home and are now in the care of the nonprofit, Child Protect Children’s Advocacy Center in Montgomery said Jannah Bailey, the center’s executive director. The center works specifically with children in order to make their interview process as painless as possible. It is a tool used regularly by MPD and DHR.
Upon arrival to the home, MPD met Randall Deal, who attempted to run away and was arrested, said Capt. Regina Duckett, a spokeswoman for MPD.
Once Deal was taken into custody he was found carrying a gun, Duckett said. An in-depth search of the home revealed more firearms, including a Beretta 9mm pistol, along with meth, other drugs and drug-related items that were all open and within easy access of the child.
He is facing multiple charges, including attempt to elude, certain person forbidden to carry a pistol, reckless chemical endangerment of a child and endangering the welfare of a child. He is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a total $32,000 bond.
Melissa Deal was arrested the next day.
She is accused of leaving her son at the home, a place that was “condemned” and considered unlivable living conditions for a dog who was there at the same time. The local humane society removed the dog earlier, but the child was left behind, according to court documents.
Deal, who is facing a felony aggravated child abuse charge, allegedly did not seek treatment for her son’s blisters, which became infected over time and resulted in numerous, noticeable holes on both of his feet.
She is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a $30,000 bond.
The children were removed and DHR who, after giving them needed medical care, will try and place the child with a family member deemed fit and capable to care for the child or they will be placed in temporary foster care, according to policy.