Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, October 13, 2008

10-13-08 Child Found in Deplorable Conditions; Felony Charges Filed

10-13-08 Child Found in Deplorable Conditions; Felony Charges Filed
    Boise, Oct. 13, 2008 - A Boise couple was arrested over the weekend and face felony charges after officers found a 3-year-old child in their home sleeping in a cold room in a urine soaked diaper near a pile of human feces.

    Arrested: Marijean K. Stewart, 24, Boise
    Arrested: Zachary J. Smith, 24, Boise
    Charges: both - Injury to a Child (F)


    What Happened: Boise Police responded to check on a home on the 6400 blk. of Russett after dispatch reported a 9-1-1 hang up. When officers arrived, they found the suspects, and piles of human feces, urine and feces stains throughout the house.
      
    Officers went to check on Stewart's 3 year old son and found him sleeping on the floor in a very cold bedroom wearing only a urine-soaked diaper near a pile of human feces. Officers say the child's bedroom appeared to be about 50-degrees. The only heat in the home was coming from an oven that was turned on and the door left open.

    Both adults were arrested on the above charges. The child was placed in the custody of state health & welfare.