Shauna Lee Bennett, 42, from Lubbock, Texas finds herself facing charges fter police were called to the apartment complex where she lives in and raises her 3 year old daughter as a single mother. Cops allegedly found the toddler wandering alone, unsupervised, around the property — and appearing to be in a dangerous unhealthy condition.
The property manager of the Corte Vista Apartments on Waco Avenue in Lubbock where Bennett lives in spotted the 3 year old girl outside called the police for assistance. What the responding police officers saw when they showed up to investigate the report shocked even the most experienced cops.
The 3 year old child was barefoot and covered in red bumps that appeared to be bug bites, symptoms that was soon to be coming into light when police went inside the apartment where the toddler lived with her mother.
The police who responded and filed the case believed he had sufficient legal reason to enter the apartment after taking a look at the little girl.
“I had probable cause to believe that [the child] had not been fed, washed, or provided with any type of general medical care or treatment for an unsafe amount of time,” the police report stated.
Even more concerning, as the officers waited for Child Protective Services agents to arrive to take the child into their temporary custody, the little girl not only complained about being hungry, but at one point told the cops, “I need a beer.”
When the officers went inside the apartment where the little girl lived with her mom, and what they found in there was shocking — and repulsive.
“There were piles of dirty and moldy dishes on the counter, stove, and sink. There was trash on the floor and counter. There were cockroaches absolutely everywhere. The kitchen was in no way sanitary or functional.”, one police officer said.
They then found the 3 year old’s mother asleep in a rear bedroom of the apartment on the upper tier of a dual bunk bed. Bennett’s neighbors defended her when local media outlets asked for their opinions. One neighbor, Keith Graves — who said that he sometimes served as a babysitter for the child — called Bennett a “good person” and called her arrest the result of a “misunderstanding,”