Mom pleads guilty after 8 children removed from 'horrible' Middletown home

Mom pleads guilty after 8 children removed from 'horrible' Middletown home
Katina Gevedon (Provided by Middletown Jail)
Katina Gevedon (Provided by Middletown Jail)

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) – - A mother who was recently arrested after her eight children were removed from their "horrible" home pleaded guilty this week.

Katina Gevedon, 36, pleaded on Wednesday to four of the eight child endangering counts she was charged with last month, court records show. The other four counts were dropped.

She is scheduled to return to court March 2.

Conditions were so bad at her Tytus Avenue home when Middletown police arrived Jan. 25, officers said they saw several gnats flying around and cockroaches and flies also were visible.

Police went to the home to do a wellness check on the children.

Their father, Anthony Gevedon, 43, also was charged with eight counts of child endangering. He is scheduled to go to court for a pre-trial Feb. 10.

Butler County Children's Services was contacted, and caseworkers removed the children from the home. They were placed in the care of Anthony Gevedon's mother.

According to police, Anthony Gevedon initially refused to let two officers into the home.

He told police the home was "horrible" and he didn't want them to see inside, the report states.

Once the officers entered, they said they saw large appliances, and debris such as clothing, trash, open food containers leading into a bedroom that had a large mattress on the floor.

They also observed large piles of dirty clothing leading into the living room, where open containers of food, trash and cat feces were all over the floor, the report states.

They reported seeing 1/2 inch of water coming down the hallway into a bedroom. The bathtub had water in it, and the toilet was "extremely dirty" and appeared to not work, according to the report.

In the kitchen, they said the stove was covered in a thick black substance and missing three of the four burners. Two large, full trash bags full of garbage sat on top of the stove, the report states.

There was very little food in the house: spaghetti noodles and two cans without labels in a pantry, according to police.

Water from the bathroom upstairs also was coming down a hole in the kitchen ceiling.

The father "gave several excuses" why the home was so bad, the report states. The mother told officers the water had been shut off for about six months before it was recently turned back on.

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