Mexico mother charged with child abuse

Prosecutors said April Davis, 27, locked her two youngest children in a room with human feces.

Authorities have arrested a Mexico woman after they say she forced her 3 children to live in unsanitary conditions. Court documents show in November 2013, April Davis, 27, refused to let authorities into her apartment after they got a report her 3 children, ages 8, 3, and 2, were living in an unsanitary home. Once inside, investigators found pet feces and urine on the floors. The documents show a Children's Division worker noticed the door of the 2 smallest childrenâ??s bedroom was locked from the outside and tied with a rope. That bedroom had human feces all over the walls, floor and crib. Court documents show the smell was overwhelming. The health department said human feces can carry diseases like salmonella and E. coli.

Audrain County Health Department Associate Administrator Kay Dubbert said, â??You can get sick. You need antibiotics for some of those things. You usually end up with diarrhea for days on. You can be hospitalized because the diarrhea is so bad that you could get dehydrated.â??

Court documents show the 8-year-old child was forced to babysit her younger siblings on several occasions. Davis claims she became depressed after her father died and she needed help taking care of her children. The documents show Davis told authorities she needed the help because of physical and mental problems. She faces 3 counts of child abuse and 3 counts of child endangerment.

Audrain County Prosecutor Jacob Shellabarger said Davis faces a maximum punishment of 42 years in prison. Shellabarger said the children are now in a safe place.Davis is in the Audrain County Jail with a $10,000 bond.

Her preliminary hearing is set for February 18.