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August 14, 2009 permalink
Surrey British Columbia police have seized an eight-month-old baby from a home they called disgusting. But in a video interview by the Surrey Leader a neighbor says the baby was well cared for, and did not even live in the home. The father left the baby with his mother for an hour while running errands. How many homes have a storage shed that looks like the one in the enclosed story?
Baby seized from 'dirty and dangerous' B.C. home
By David Karp, Vancouver SunAugust 11, 2009
SURREY, B.C. — An eight-month-old baby boy was seized from a "disgusting" home in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey last week after he was found among drug paraphernalia, cigarette butts and sharp objects, RCMP said Tuesday.
RCMP officers visited the home Friday to investigate a report of stolen property.
Inside, they found a baby crawling among paint balls and numerous tools.
The baby's parents were out when police arrived, and the two adults in charge of watching the baby were smoking and "showed no care" for the boy, RCMP said in a news release.
"They were just people that were staying in the residence and watching over things while the parents weren't there, but not really interested in taking care of the child," said RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks.
The officers said the house was "disgusting" and had no electricity.
Officials from the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development were called and seized the baby boy.
On Tuesday afternoon, a man who answered the door to the home confirmed the ministry had taken his nephew.
He said he was stressed and "trying to get my happiness back."
The man later left the home to yell obscenities and threats at members of the media who were photographing and filming the property.
The yard of the home was littered with garbage, including a tent, a washing machine, a condom, a coffee cup lid, a large sign on the ground advertising a garage sale, and three toilets.
A friend who was visiting the house Tuesday afternoon said the baby has good parents who are trying their best.
The man said that despite the mess in the yard, the house is clean on the inside.
He noted some residents of the house smoke marijuana, but they do it outside and not around the baby.
The property developer said there are currently six or seven people living at the residence.
"They are not paying a single penny. We've sent them a legal letter to clear the property," said Rana Khaliq.
The residents hold a garage sale every weekend to sell the items around the yard, he said.