SF Police: Children Living In Trash With No Water, Electricity In Neglect Case

Mother Arrested On Neglect, Drug Charges

A mother is behind bars for child endangerment after police say the children were found in extremely poor living conditions. The kids were living in the north central Sioux Falls home without water or electricity.

“He tried to call 911. She broke his home that’s what kind of kicked everything off,” said Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens.

Police say they were called to a family dispute at a home on the 1200 block of North Main Avenue Thursday afternoon. That’s when 29-year-old Edward Cottier Jr., who was staying there, alerted police to what was going on inside.

“Officers went inside and found some extremely poor living conditions; trash everywhere, spoiled food, kids running around without shoes on inside the house, and the house was extremely dirty and messy,” said Clemens.

Police say three kids, an 8, 5, and 2-year-old, had been living there with no water and electricity.  They couldn’t say for how long.

“It’s one thing to have a house that’s cluttered or messy, but when it gets to the point where you have trash piled up inside the house and there’s no food for the kids and spoiled food, that really kind of changes the game,” said Clemens.

Twenty-seven-year-old Billie Jo Sakpe was arrested for child endangerment and interfering with emergency communications. She’s also facing drug charges after police say they found meth and marijuana inside the house.

Clemens said, “Thankfully, it’s not something that we see all that frequently, but it’s something that most officers are familiar with.”

Cottier was also arrested on those same drug charges. The children were taken into protective custody.

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