Reporting Brad Segall
BRISTOL, Pa. (CBS) - A Bucks County mother of three young kids admitted in court today that endangered her kids when she left them alone in a feces-filled home in Bristol earlier this year.
The case made national headlines. Police charged the mother, Chelsea Champey, after they found the three children — ages four, two, and one — inside a home in Bristol that was littered with human feces, rotten food, dirty laundry, and had no running water.
Now, the 22-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to felony child endangerment charges.
Prosecutor Blake Jackman says their main concern was for the safety of the kids.
“If she’s ever in a position to care for kids again — which certainly is not something that we are advocating for at this point — but if she ever is, I think this is going to be a strong lesson for her as to the seriousness of what that type of neglect can lead to.”
The children are in foster care, and there will likely be a hearing later this summer to determine whether Champey regains custody of the kids. She remains jailed, and will have a mental health evaluation before sentencing.
“There’s a difference between bad parenting and crime,” notes Jackman, the prosecutor, “but sometimes bad parenting gets so bad that it becomes a crime. And in this case, I think, the concern is what type of life would these kids have lived if they were allowed to keep on living there and how would they turn out.”
Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060