BULLHEAD CITY–A scheduled yard abatement Thursday morning by city code enforcement employees ended in the arrest of a local woman after police reportedly found her three children living in “deplorable and unsafe” conditions.
Cherice Marie Wheeler, 32, is facing three counts of child abuse, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jeffery Lewis II, 31, the father of the children was not at the home at the time. However, charges against Lewis are reportedly pending.
The children’s ages range from 8 to 16.
Bullhead City Police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said Code Enforcement officials were at a residence in the 200 block of Marina Thursday morning to conduct a scheduled yard abatement when the resident reportedly became confrontational.
Fromelt said officers reportedly discovered the inside of the home littered with animal feces, trash, exposed wiring and a strong odor of marijuana.
Narcotic detectives were notified and responded to the residence with a search warrant.
During their search, detectives reportedly found several marijuana bongs, pipes and a useable amount of marijuana in the parent’s bedroom.
The residence was also reportedly found to be infested with mice and bedbugs, said Fromelt.
Officials with the Department of Child Safety were contacted and later placed the children with a family member, Fromelt added.
Wheeler was taken to the Mohave County jail in Kingman.