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Children removed from 'unfit' home; Bagdad couple charged with abuse



BAGDAD - A couple was arrested and charged with child abuse after sheriff's deputies found that the conditions within their home were "unfit for the (two) children," and one child was found to have a possibly life-threatening infection.

Robert Stafford, 26, the father of the children, and his girlfriend, Zylvoria Walton, 21, were taken into custody at their home in the 300 block of Fletcher Drive on Nov. 12 when deputies, following up on previous visits, found "garbage, dirty laundry and dog feces throughout the home," said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

Two children, a 2-year-old and a 9-month-old, lived in the home. The 9-month-old is on a feeding tube placed in his abdomen, and a bag of food in a feeding bag was found spoiled in the kitchen, D'Evelyn said.

Deputies had been dispatched to the home several times regarding domestic violence and child and animal neglect issues, according to D'Evelyn.

Child Protective Services was also conducting an investigation into the conditions in which the children were living.

On prior occasions, D'Evelyn said, the couple had been "give ample opportunity to rectify living conditions in the home and had made no effort to do so."

Stafford and Walton were arrested and charged with two counts of felony child abuse and are being held in the Camp Verde jail on a $150,000 bond.

CPS has custody of the children. A medical exam of the infant showed a serious, "conceivably life-threatening" infection at the site of the feeding tube, D'Evelyn said.

The family's dogs have been placed with a Prescott-area animal shelter.

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