WAS IT THAT SERIOUS???
Fountain police say two children under the age of five were left alone in a padlocked room while their mother went out of state.
Two Fort Carson soldiers have since been charged with child abuse in this case.A 4-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl were both found severely malnourished inside of a small bedroom after their mother had left them alone for a total of five days.
Court documents say that inside of this home on the 100 block of Wellington Street in Fountain, walls were covered in feces, wreaking of urine and children were found malnourished with no signs of food or water.
“There is no excuse for it,” Alicia Rapalo, a neighbor said.
This is the home where investigators say 25-year-old Kanesha Godin, a Fort Carson soldier, left her two toddlers, as she apparently skipped town to go to North Carolina to care for her own mother fresh out of surgery.
“How can you think it’s ok to treat your kids like animals? To leave your kids alone?” Rapalo said.
Five long days after a 4-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl were left behind, police caught wind of possible child abuse from commanders at Fort Carson.
When they entered the home, they found both kids locked inside of a dark bedroom reeking of feces and urine, wearing soiled diapers and nothing else.
The thermostat was found cranked up to 90 degrees and feces was found smeared all over the walls.
“I don’t understand how you could just lock your kids up or leave them by themselves knowing that you have neighbors that have told you, I will watch them!” Rapalo said.
While Godin was out of town, another Fort Carson soldier, Victoria Louis, came by once a day to check on the kids, feed them and change their diapers, telling police that she was under the impression that a neighbor was responsible fore their full-time care. But that never happened.
“Why it took her three days, we had no clue,” Rapalo said. “I mean, you would think the first day, you’d be like why is there no one here watching the kids?”
Alicia Rapalo has lived next door for two years and she says, she was never asked to help watch the kids this time around and she had no idea the toddlers were being kept right under her nose.
“If I knew those kids were over there with her, I would have busted down that door and snatched those kids up so quick,” she said.
Fountain police say that judging by the condition of these kids, it appears this treatment may have been more of a long-term problem.
“The condition of those children did not result from just a few days, so I think it’s safe to say that there was something else going on, what that was I don’t know,” Sgt. Scott Gilbertsen of the Fountain Police Department said.
And neighbors News 5 spoke with agreed.
“She was leaving them home before this, before she got caught” Rapalo said.
Kanesha Godin was arrested on Tuesday and is being charged with two counts of felony child abuse.
Her friend, Victoria Louis, is facing two counts of misdemeanor child abuse for not reporting the abuse right away.