Children found in bed bug-infested home; mother arrested

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A Valley mother is facing child abuse charges for letting her children live in an apartment infested with bed bugs.

On August 3, Phoenix Police went to the home of 34-year-old Holly Pippin to serve a drug search warrant. But when officers arrived at the apartment near 37th Street and Van Buren, they found three children living amid a massive bed bug infestation.

According to the police report, bugs were found on floors, counter tops, inside drawers and on the walls. While searching the apartment, officers actually had to wear protective gloves and boots to avoid contamination. The children were reportedly in the apartment without shoes.

Pippin told police the apartment belongs to her mother, and that she and the children had been living there since July 17.

Pippin reportedly said she was aware of the bugs, but said she knew that her children loved their grandmother and didn't want to leave, so she allowed them to stay.

Police say Pippin and her mother have both admitted to being addicted to methamphetamine, and smoking the drug on a regular basis. Pippin also told police her mother had been selling meth. Officers say they found used glass meth pipes inside the apartment.

Child Protective Services is now investigating the case. The children were removed from the apartment, and are now in the care of their stepmother.

Pippin faces three felony charges of child abuse.