Father of baby found in filth taken into custody

Aaron Parker was wanted for questioning

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CLEVELAND, Texas - The father of a baby found living in filthy conditions has been taken into custody.

Liberty County sheriff's deputies said Aaron Parker is being held on a probation violation warrant issued from an unrelated case from 2009.

Parker was wanted for questioning about the conditions his daughter was living in, officials said.

Deputies were sent to the rural house in the 100 block of County Road 2802 on Tuesday after receiving a report about animal cruelty. They said they found more than they expected.

"We located a 1-year-old child inside a poor-conditioned residence. That child has been checked by EMS and taken by Child Protective Services. The only adult here has been arrested," said Capt. Rex Evans with the Liberty County Sheriff's Office.

Evans said there were small roaches crawling around the baby. She was also covered in flea and tick bites, detectives said. She was drinking out of a dirty bottle, officials said.

"We have some indication that the child was being kept in some type of cage in the property," said Evans.

Sources close to the case said the baby's mother, Mabel Larsen, admitted she kept the child in the crate before she decided she wanted a lawyer.

Larsen was not supposed to be caring for a child. She and Parker had five other children taken away from them in 2009. They then lost their parental rights to those children. They appealed the case, but lost in 2011. Both parents were also placed on probation after pleading guilty to injury to a child.

"We had no indication this woman was pregnant or that there was a child in this home," Children's Protective Services spokeswoman Gwen Carter said.

Officials with CPS said the case into the five children was closed in 2011, and that's when their contact with the couple ended.

Larsen was arrested on Tuesday on an animal cruelty charge. One horse was found dead on the property.

"Deputies did arrive and found several emaciated horses, dogs, cats and even a deceased horse, and we are yet to determine how many other deceased animals are on the property. It does appear there are some," Evans said.

Larsen and Parker have have not been charged with anything in connection with the child found in the home.

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