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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Gun confiscation under “red flag” laws is unconstitutional

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When tragedy strikes, as it did in two mass killings this month, there is always the urge to pressure the government do something.

Governments are animated by the belief that doing something — any demonstrable overt behavior — will show that they are in control. I understand the natural fears that good folks have that an El Paso or a Dayton episode might happen again, but doing something for the sake of appearance can be dangerous to personal liberty.

When the Constitution was written, the idea of owning arms and keeping them in the home was widespread. The colonists had just defeated the armies of King George III. The colonial weapon of choice was the Kentucky long rifle, while British soldiers used their army-issued version of Brown Bessies.

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Each rifle had its advantages, but the Kentucky (it was actually a German design, perfected and manufactured in Pennsylvania) was able to strike a British soldier at 200 yards, a startlingly long distance at the time. The Bessies were good for only about 80 yards.

Put aside the advantages we had of the passionate defense of freedom and homeland, to say nothing of superior leadership. It doesn’t take any advanced understanding of mathematics or ballistics to appreciate why we won the Revolution.

It is a matter of historical fact that the colonists won the war largely by superior firepower.

Six years after the war was over, delegates met in Philadelphia in secret and drafted what was to become the Constitution. The document, largely written in James Madison’s hand, was then submitted to Congress and to the states, which began the process of ratification.

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By then, Americans had already formed two basic political parties. The Federalists wanted a muscular central government and the Anti-Federalists wanted a loose confederation of states.

The concept of a “red flag” law — which permits the confiscation of lawfully owned weapons from a person because of what the person might do — violates both the presumption of innocence and the due process requirement of proof of criminal behavior before liberty can be infringed.

Yet the memory of a Parliament that behaved as if it could write any law, tax any event and impair any liberty, coupled with the fear that the new government here might drift toward tyranny, gave birth to the first 10 amendments to the Constitution — the Bill of Rights.

The debate over the Bill of Rights was not about rights; that debate had been resolved in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence declared our basic human rights to be inalienable. The Bill of Rights debates were about whether the federal government needed restraints imposed upon it in the Constitution itself.

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The Federalists thought the Bill of Rights was superfluous because they argued that no American government would knowingly restrict freedom. The Anti-Federalists thought constitutional restraints were vital to the preservation of personal liberty because no government can be trusted to preserve personal liberty.

Second among the personal liberties preserved in the Bill of Rights from impairment by the government was the right to self-defense. Thomas Jefferson called that the right to self-preservation.

Fast-forward to today, and we see the widespread and decidedly un-American reaction to the tragedies of El Paso and Dayton. Both mass murders were animated by hatred and planned by madness. But because both were carried out using weapons that look like those issued by the military, Democrats have called for the outright confiscation of these weapons.

Where is the constitutional authority for that? In a word: nowhere.

The government’s job is to preserve personal liberty. Does it do its job when it weakens personal liberty instead? Stated differently, how does confiscating weapons from the law-abiding conceivably reduce the ability of madmen to get those weapons? When did madmen begin obeying gun laws?

These arguments against confiscation have largely resonated with Republicans. Yet — because they feel they must do something — they have fallen for the concept of limited confiscation, known by the euphemism of “red flag” laws.

The concept of a “red flag” law — which permits the confiscation of lawfully owned weapons from a person because of what the person might do — violates both the presumption of innocence and the due process requirement of proof of criminal behavior before liberty can be infringed.

The presumption of innocence puts the burden for proving a case on the government. Because the case to be proven — might the gun owner be dangerous? — if proven, will result in the loss of a fundamental liberty, the presumption of innocence also mandates that the case be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Republican proposal lowers the standard of proof to a preponderance of the evidence — “a more likely than not” standard. That was done because it is impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that an event might happen. This is exactly why the “might happen standard” is unconstitutional and alien to our jurisprudence.

In 2008 Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the Supreme Court that the right to keep and bear arms in the home is an individual pre-political right. Due process demands that this level of right — we are not talking about the privilege of a driving a car on a government street — can only be taken away after a jury conviction or a guilty plea to a felony.

The “might happen” standard of “red flag” laws violates this basic principle. The same Supreme Court case also reflects the Kentucky long gun lesson. The people are entitled to own and possess the same arms as the government; for the same reason as the colonists did — to fight off tyrants should they seize liberty or property.

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If the government can impair Second Amendment-protected liberties on the basis of what a person might do — as opposed to what a person actually did do — to show that it is doing something in response to a public clamor, then no liberty in America is safe.

Which liberty will the government infringe upon next?

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Jesse Watters: Dems politicizing Philadelphia shooting

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Fox News’ Jesse Watters blasted Democratic presidential candidates for politicizing Wednesday’s shooting and standoff in Philadelphia that saw at least six police officers shot.

“Usually when there’s a terrorist attack in this country the Democrats like to say, ‘Hey, hey, hey, let’s not rush to judgment. Let’s let the facts come in before we start assigning blame or motivation or anything like that,'” Watters said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.

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“Literally as the shooting is unfolding … as there’s wounded officers …  being taken for medical care. The Democrats running for president are politicizing it.”

The six officers who were wounded were eventually released from a hospital after treatment. Two officers and three hostages were later freed, apparently unhurt.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., weighed in on gun violence during the standoff, admonishing the NRA.

“We must take legislative action to stop gun violence. But we also need to understand the corruption that makes politicians protect the NRA over American lives — and how right-wing judges in our courts enable it,” Gillibrand tweeted. “We need to change that.”

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. retweeted a clip of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney calling for gun control and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif, challenged Republicans to pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act.

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Watters says it was too soon to weigh in and that gun control may not have stopped this incident.

“There’s no evidence that any sort of gun control would have stopped this violence from what we hear on police scanners,” Watters said.

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$3.4M in fake Gucci, Hermes, Nike items seized at LA airport, CBP says

Thousands of counterfeit luxury items such as fake Gucci belts, Hermes handbags and Fendi shorts were recently seized at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Wednesday.

The 5,300 products, if genuine, would have been worth more than $3.4 million, authorities said.

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A counterfeit Hermes bag seized at LAX. (CBP Los Angeles)

The goods were flown in from Hong Kong, CBP said in a news release. The items included “1,242 counterfeit Gucci belts, 678 pairs of counterfeit Nike shoes, 531 counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags, 500 counterfeit Samsung adapters, 502 counterfeit Gucci fanny packs, 230 counterfeit Hermes handbags, 192 counterfeit Casio Shock watches, 144 counterfeit Ferragamo belts, 100 counterfeit Versace belts and 119 counterfeit Fendi shorts.”

“The American public should be aware that buying a counterfeit product is a lose-lose proposition, because the money they paid often funds criminal enterprises,” LAX’s CBP Port Director Donald R. Kusser said.

“The American public should be aware that buying a counterfeit product is a lose-lose proposition, because the money they paid often funds criminal enterprises.” 

— Donald R. Kusser, CBP Port Director at LAX

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“In addition, buyers get a substandard low-quality product, containing unknown chemicals and likely produced under inhumane conditions,” he added.

The CBP said it has seized 33,810 shipments of items that violated intellectual property rights during fiscal year 2018, and their approximate value — had they been real — would have been $1.4 billion.

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The seized items with the highest MSRP, or Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, were jewelry and watches, with an estimated value of more than $618 million had the products been genuine, according to CBP data. Those items also represented 44 percent of total seizures. Fake wallets and handbags followed, with seizures constituting an estimated value of more than $226 million.

Accessories and apparel were seized the most often – 6,098 times constituting 18 percent of all seizures, CBP data showed.

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Consumers were advised to shop with caution and to report any suspected illegal activity or trade fraud by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT or by using the CBP’s online reporting system.

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Off-duty NYPD officer found dead in Queens, force’s ninth suicide this year

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A veteran officer with the New York Police Department was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday, becoming the ninth officer this year to commit suicide.

The 56-year-old officer, who worked for the department for more than 20 years, shot himself at his home in Laurelton, Queens, shortly after 6 p.m., police said.

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The officer was rushed to Long Island Jewish Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

His death came just one day after an officer from nearby Yonkers killed himself.

The NYPD said, “We are saddened to announce that the NYPD has suffered another tragedy today with the loss of one of our officers to suicide.” The police department also urged officers to seek help for mental illness or depression.

“To anyone who may be struggling, know that there is support available,” the NYPD tweeted. “Behind each of these resources are people that care about your well-being.”

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, an off-duty officer who had been on the job for seven years with the Yonkers Police Department committed suicide at his home. Yonkers is a city of 200,000 residents, in Westchester County, just north of New York City.

Over 47,000 suicides were reported in the U.S. in 2017, or 14 per 100,000 people — the highest rate in at least half a century.

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In 2018, at least 159 officers died by suicide, 9 percent more than the total number of officers killed in the line of duty, according to Blue H.E.L.P., a nonprofit run by active and retired police officers.

New York City had one of the highest rates of officer suicides among major U.S. cities, with 10 officers reported dead as of Jan. 1, 2019.

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NYC sanitation worker used license plates found in trash to avoid $17G in fines, investigators say

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A New York City sanitation worker was arrested Wednesday for allegedly putting license plates he found in the trash on his car to avoid paying more than $17,000 in fines.

Jason Rivera, 45, of Staten Island, incurred the penalties for parking and traffic violations as well as unpaid E-Z Pass tolls, authorities said. He faces a charge of grand larceny, the New York Daily News reported.

A criminal complaint said Rivera found the plates in 2016 and gave them to a friend, who then returned them to Rivera a year later, the city Department of Investigation concluded.

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“These types of crimes undermine the government’s ability to do its job and maintain a standard of safety on the roads,” said DOI Commissioner Magaret Garnett. “These offenses are particularly egregious when committed by a city employee who used his job as a means to commit a crime.”

Prosecutors say that Rivera racked up 72 parking and traffic violations totaling $5,500, as well as $1,793.50 in unpaid tolls and $10,600 in unpaid fees, the New York Post reported.

The plates were not registered to his vehicle, or any vehicle, the paper reported, making it difficult to determine who was responsible for the fines. The department began an inquiry after receiving a complaint from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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An investigator confronted Rivera about the pocketed plates and said he confessed to using them.

“Misusing New York State license plates, ignoring traffic and parking violations and failing to pay tolls are crimes that will result in arrest and prosecution,” Garnett said.

Rivera is expected back in court on Oct. 10.

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Europe takes wait-and-see approach to sexual misconduct claims against Placido Domingo

Whatever his future in America, opera star Placido Domingo may still have a place to perform in Europe despite allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

The Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Opera canceled scheduled performances by Domingo Tuesday after The Associated Press published a story in which numerous women said that Domingo used his power in the opera world to try to pressure them into sexual relationships. The Los Angeles Opera, where Domingo has been general director since 2003, announced it would hire outside counsel to investigate the claims.

But across the Atlantic, there were no immediate cancellations and some even offered words of support for the 78-year-old Domingo. Opera officials noted that no charges had been brought against Domingo and no formal judicial investigations were underway that might provide legal underpinning to cancel any contractual obligations.

One such official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AP that Domingo’s status as one of the most popular and influential figures in the opera world could trigger a backlash against European venues if performances were canceled without due process.

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Following sexual harassment allegations, concerts for legendary opera singer Placido Domingo were canceled on both American coasts, but European opera is taking a wait-and-see stance. (Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images, File)

“Some attitudes, seen in hindsight, risk being misunderstood,” cultural journalist Leonetta Bentivoglio wrote Wednesday in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. “That he [Domingo] was a Don Juan was something everyone knew, and in the promiscuous theater world he is not alone. We must add that his charm has always attracted a crowd of women, and often it was he who had to defend himself.”

Bentivoglio recalled an incident at a Paris hotel during Domingo’s “Three Tenors” heyday with Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras, when he asked journalists to pretend to accompany him in the elevator “to escape to his room without being followed by some beautiful young women,” who were in pursuit.

“These are difficult stories to tell in the slippery era of #MeToo,” she wrote.

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Three Spanish sopranos have also come to Domingo’s defense, saying that they have never experienced the sort of behavior described in the AP story, which included accusations that he put his hand down one woman’s skirt and forced wet kisses on three others. All of the allegations were related to incidents in the United States, spanning two decades beginning in the late 1980s.

Spain’s Europa Press news agency on Wednesday quoted Spanish soprano Davinia Rodriguez as saying she “never felt the least indication of what they accuse the maestro of,” adding that Domingo had always shown her and theater workers “the maximum of respect, with the humbleness and generosity that characterizes him.”

Fellow Spanish soprano Pilar Jurado said that Domingo had always behaved “as a perfect gentleman” with her and Spanish soprano Ainhoa Arteta expressed shock at the allegations, saying she considered Domingo and his wife to be family.

“I have no idea if he might have flirted and scored. That sort of thing went on before and still does now, but I know he is not a harasser, I’d put my hand in the fire on it,” Arteta told the Spanish daily El Pais.

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According to Domingo’s website, 19 of his 24 scheduled engagements through November 2020 are on European stages. Upcoming performances in Salzburg, Milan, London, Zurich, Cologne, Hamburg and Geneva were still on but some venues said they would monitor the investigation in Los Angeles. Other venues postponed comment, citing the summer holiday.

Domingo received support from the Salzburg Festival in Austria, his next scheduled performance on Aug. 31, as well as from some singers who have shared the stage with him.

Salzburg Festival president Helga Rabl-Stadler, who said she has known Domingo for 25 years and has long appreciated both his “artistic competence” and “appreciative treatment of all festival employees,” said “it would be factually wrong and morally irresponsible to make irreversible judgments at this point.”

The Hamburg opera house in Germany also said Domingo’s Nov. 27 appearance there was still on, citing the lack of any legal action against the tenor.

“As a public institution we neither tolerate nor trivialize sexual assaults, but we are also bound by the principles of the rule of law in our actions. Valid contracts with the concert promoter exist for the appearance of Plácido Domingo,” the opera house said in a statement. “Subject to further developments, the concert will therefore take place as planned.”

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Domingo did not respond to detailed questions from the AP about specific incidents but issued a statement calling the allegations “deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate.”

“I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual. People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone,” the statement said. “However, I recognize that the rules and standards by which we are —and should be — measured against today are very different than they were in the past. I am blessed and privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will hold myself to the highest standards.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Scaramucci predicts ‘demagogue’ Trump will not be Republican nominee in 2020

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Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci predicted Wednesday night that President Trump “will not” be the Republican nominee in 2020.

Continuing his onslaught of cable news criticisms of the president, Scaramucci called Trump a “demagogue” and slammed what he called Trump’s “disgusting” bullying of Americans.

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Scaramucci was also asked about a photo he had taken with 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang and a subsequent tweet that the “force is strong with the #YangGang,” which Scaramucci denied was an endorsement.

“The guy has a lot of good principles, he’s basically a libertarian,” Scaramucci told CNN anchor Erin Burnett when asked about Yang. “We need — after this devastation, we need a post-partisan presidency where we’re not focusing on left or right policy … and focus on right and wrong policies. So Andrew has a good message, but I’m a Republican.”

He continued: “We’ll find a Republican that has the personality, the charisma, the energy, and the smarts to take this guy [Trump] on. And so we’ll do that.”

After telling Burnett that he wouldn’t consider voting for a Democrat in 2020, the short-lived White House staffer wanted to “see what happens” going forward.

“I predict that he won’t be the nominee,” Scaramucci said about Trump.

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“Really?” a surprised Burnett reacted.

“Of course,” Scaramucci doubled down. “There’s no way that the party leadership is going to- unless they’re totally dishonest…”

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The CNN anchor expressed that she thought Scaramucci was “dead wrong.”

Scaramucci and President Trump have been feuding for several days ever since Scaramucci appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” which the president claimed he “accidentally” watched.

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Harry Reid says he wishes Al Franken would run for office again

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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he would like his former colleague Al Franken to run for public office again, fewer than two years after Franken resigned from the Senate over allegations of sexual misconduct.

“I wish he would,” Reid said of Franken in an interview with The Daily Beast. “But I don’t think he will. He just feels hurt. And he was a good senator.”

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Reid expressed solidarity with the Minnesota Democrat who left office after several women came forward accusing the lawmaker of inappropriate touching, saying: “He got a bad deal.”

Several Democratic lawmakers have shared Reid’s sentiment in recent months, including Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., who claimed Franken was “railroaded” in a recent article published by the New Yorker.

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“I made a mistake,” Udall said. “I started having second thoughts shortly after he stepped down. He had the right to be heard by an independent investigative body. I’ve heard from people around my state, and around the country, saying that they think he got railroaded. It doesn’t seem fair. I’m a lawyer. I really believe in due process.”

One person who doesn’t regret spearheading Franken’s ouster is 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

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“I could have told those seven senators and any of the senators — the 35 senators who came out against him — that there is no prize for someone who tries to hold accountable a powerful man who is good at his day job,” Gillibrand said last month. “But we should have the courage to do it anyway. So no, I do not have any regrets.”

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Epstein accuser’s lawyer: Ghislaine Maxwell was a ‘principal conspirator’ in alleged sex-trafficking ring

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Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged former “madam” Ghislaine Maxwell was a key figure in trafficking young girls to the financier, according to one accuser’s lawyer.

Jennifer Araoz’s attorney Dan Kaiser claimed Wednesday on “The Story” Maxwell must be held accountable for her alleged role.

“Justice begins now for her,” Kaiser said of his client. “That’s why she filed a lawsuit today. She is fully intending to see this through to the end.”

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In response, host Martha MacCallum asked whether Araoz, now 32, has ever met the British socialite and media heiress.

Kaiser said Araoz had not met Maxwell but claims she had an important role in Epstein’s alleged criminal transgressions.

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“Ms. Maxwell was one of the principal conspirators in the human sex trafficking ring,” the attorney said.

Much of the focus going forward should be on her, “because of her [Maxwell’s] efforts, because of her perpetuation of this ring, through her administratively handling this operation, by maintaining the pipeline of girls to Mr. Epstein,” Kaiser also claimed.

The latest lawsuit, which many analysts expect to be the first of many civil cases involving Epstein’s estate and former acquaintances, accuses the disgraced financier of “forcefully” raping Araoz at his Manhattan townhome in 2002. Araoz told NBC News last month that she told Epstein repeatedly to stop and that he “knew exactly what he was doing.”

Earlier Wednesday, Fox News obtained Araoz’s lawsuit, which claims Maxwell conspired to facilitate her alleged rape.

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The suit’s defendants include Epstein’s estate, Maxwell and Jane Does 1, 2 and 3, a trio later described as a “recruiter,” a “secretary” and a “maid.”

Kaiser told Fox News that Araoz has not yet been able to identify the alleged “recruiter.”

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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Kentucky mother arrested after children found in cockroach-infested home, eating Pop-Tarts for meals: police

A Kentucky mother was arrested last week after police discovered her three young children living in a cockroach-infested home, authorities said.

The mother, Sarah Herald, 27, faces three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and three counts of second-degree criminal abuse, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Police responded to the home in Georgetown – about 70 miles east of Louisville – on Saturday after a neighbor reported seeing three “filthy” children who’d been playing outside unsupervised for a long period of time, an arrest citation said.

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Sarah Herald reportedly told police she’d tried using spray to address the bugs, “but it’s not working, obviously.” (Scott County Detention Center)

An officer saw three stained mattresses full of cockroaches and bedbugs – both dead and alive – outside the home. The officer said a foul odor emanating from the home could be smelled outside, Lexington’s Fox 56 reported.

The children – ages 2, 4, and 5 – were found inside the home “rolling in copious amounts of trash, dirt, discarded food and crawling cockroaches,” the arrest citation said. Police said the children were barefoot and “extremely dirty,” including dirty fingernails and toenails, the Herald-Leader reported.

The officer saw trash, cockroaches, dead insects, and insect feces throughout the hours, the arrest citation said. Bedbugs were also found on the children’s mattress, according to police. In the kitchen, police found a pile of garbage with cockroaches crawling over it, court documents said.

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Herald reportedly told an officer she’d tried used spray for the cockroaches, “but it’s not working, obviously.” She also told police her children were eating Pop-Tarts for meals because the food in the fridge – which police said was moldy and expired – was not safe for them to eat, court documents said.

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Child Protective Services removed the children from the home and placed them with their paternal grandmother, the arrest citation said.

Herald was arrested and placed in the Scott County Detention Center. She was formally arraigned on Tuesday.

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