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15 CHILDREN FOUND IN CONDEMNED HOME ON MARION ST.
May 30, 2014 -Springfield, MA- A recent temporary relocation of a family from 515 Union Street to 197 Marion Street in Springfield has led to the condemnation of the Marion Street dwelling.
As a result of the relocation late last week, city housing and code enforcement along with officials from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) inspected 197 Marion St. to ensure a safe and clean environment for the twelve relocated children. The home failed inspection and as a result a condemnation notice was issued for a host of violations that included: unsanitary conditions, broken or missing screens, rotted and/or loose floor boards and exposed wires.
In addition to the twelve temporarily relocated children the city’s Office of Housing documented three children living in the dwelling at 197 Marion Street. As a result of the investigation regarding the children from Union Street the Department of Children and Families revisited 197 Marion Street to do a wellness check on the three children who should have been removed from the premises after the condemnation.
What officials found was quite the opposite. An additional 15 children were found in the home, these were not the children temporally relocated from 515 Union Street, but were 15 additional children that were dropped off at the home. The resident there has been providing some form of day care service to the children who appeared to be mostly toddlers.
Jewish Family Services was immediately called for assistance by DCF for interpretation services.