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Man Raising Kids in Home with Roaches, Feces Pleads Guilty

MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- One of four people charged with child endangerment in connection with children found in a home filled with rotting food, cockroaches and cat feces has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced.
MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- One of four people charged with child endangerment in connection with children found in a home filled with rotting food, cockroaches and cat feces has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced.

Webster County Prosecutor Debra Padgett says Jerry W. Bruton, Jr., 26, was sentenced to five years for each of three charges of endangering the welfare of a child, to run concurrently.  However, the judge suspended execution of the sentence with conditions, including Bruton having no contact with the other three people charged, which includes his wife.

Victoria Bruton, 25, Karen V. Sallee, 60, and Margaret L. Harmon, 56, all of Marshfield, were also charged on June 25 with three charges each of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

They have court appearances scheduled in the coming weeks: Harmon on July 21, Victoria Bruton on Aug. 4 and Sallee on Aug. 11.

The four were charged after police found them living with three children – ages 2,4 and 6 – in a Marshfield home described by Marshfield Police Chief Doug Fannen as “probably one of the worst we've seen here in a long time."

According to a probable cause statement, a Marshfield police officer executed a search warrant at a home in the 200 block of E. Madison in Marshfield on June 24. While at the home, the officer found the living conditions to be “extremely dangerous.”

What they found was approximately 20-30 cats, rotting food, hundreds of cockroaches, drugs and drug paraphernalia, among other things.

According to the officer, there were numerous liquor bottles found throughout the home within easy reach of the three children. Also within reaching distance were numerous bottles of controlled medications and drug paraphernalia. The officer located substances that field tested positive for Methamphetamine, along with scales and a quantity of the drug.

Conditions of Jerry Bruton’s suspended execution of sentence are:

· Supervised probation

· 150 hours of community service

· Parenting and drug-resistance classes and counseling

· Court costs

· And no contact with Victoria Bruton, Harmon or Sallee.
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