Deputies In East Texas Make A Horrific Discovery

Barbara Schwarz
December 11, 2019 - 4:25 pm
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DALLAS (KRLD) - Deputies in Gregg County received an anonymous tip and went to a mobile home in an unincorporated part of the county. 

Gregg County Lt. Joshua Tubb says they could smell pet waste from the street. Officers donned hazmat, complete with respirators to enter.  

Inside they found a two-year-old girl living in absolute filth.  CPS was called.  The parents were jailed.  43-year-old Matthew Edward Alderman is charged with abandon, endanger child, criminal negligence and cruelty to non-livestock animals. 

37-year-old Elisha Diana Gray is held on the same charges, plus failure to identify by giving false/fictitious information.

Gregg County Lt. Joshua Tubb says "our investigators are having to look into the history of the child with the parents to do further investigation of the birth records to see if there's even a record of this child being born in the state of Texas."

He says the mobile home was full of trash and mold and animals, including a possum, a rooster, a pig, 12 rats, six dogs, and 12 cats. 

Some were in cages and all were removed from the home and will get veterinary care.   

Tubb says even the most seasoned investigator was horrified.  "By his account, out of 30 years of service, this is the worst condition a residence has ever been in that he has entered."