A Sharp County postal worker found two small children in awful condition while making her daily mail delivery.
The worker, Judy Arnold Alexander, was driving down Hars Creek Road in Ash Flat on Friday when she saw two young girls.
The older girl is around four years old and was wearing an old nightgown while the younger girl, who is two years old, was naked and covered in feces according to Alexander.
Alexander got the two girls out of the road and looked for someone who was supposed to be taking care of them.
She told Region 8 News she heard faint music from the garage and found the children's mother passed out in a chair.
"The postal worker stopped when she saw two small children playing in the road, and I am glad she did come along," Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts said.
Alexander immediately called 911. Sheriff Counts, along with several deputies, responded.
Counts said the two girls were very dirty and living in awful conditions.
"The girls appeared not to have had a bath in several days and appeared to be covered in what looked like feces," Counts said. "We used some baby wipes to clean them up before DHS could get there."
Counts woke the mother, 29-year-old Heather Shelton, who told deputies she also had a baby inside.
The baby was crying inside the house. Counts said the conditions were even worse in there.
"The little baby boy's crib had a used diaper in there that appeared to be there for a while, maybe up to a week," Counts said. "It was just a bad situation."
Counts called the Department of Human Services to take the kids away from Shelton.
"When DHS showed up the kids didn’t want anything to do with her," Counts said. "I think they have been having to fend for themselves for a while. I know when they took the kids off the mom didn't show much emotion at all."
The department also got a search warrant for Shelton's home, where they found two bags of marijuana, two pipes and eight open bottles of finger nail polish.
Shelton was taken to the Sharp County Jail where she is being held on three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of an instrument to commit a crime.
Counts said this incident was one of the worst of this kind since he has been the sheriff.
"The mom is more worried about getting high than taking care of her very beautiful children, and it is just sad," Counts said.
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