OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City mother is accused of neglecting her children by forcing them to live in filth.
At the same time, the suspect admitted to receiving thousands of dollars from the state to take care of her kids.
This all came to light Monday night.
That’s when two kids, a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old, were found wandering near the Oklahoma River.
The boys told police their adopted mother forced them to live in terrible conditions on taxpayers’ money.
Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said, “The officer noted in the report that there were horrible, horrible living conditions.”
According to the police report, in addition to no running water, the toilet and bathtub were filled with human feces.
Also, the home had no food in the cabinets and only a mold infested fridge
“Oh my gosh! That breaks my heart,” said Kathryn Putnam. “I feel sorry for the kids.”
The words “Mary Jane” can be seen painted on one of the inside walls.
The police report adds that one of the kids claimed he routinely watches his mother do drugs.
That statement is no surprise to neighbors.
Putnam said, “I caught her one day smoking pot and the kids were running wild.”
The children’s mother, 45-year-old Jamie Limpy, is now accused of child neglect.
Limpy told police she received $1,300 each month from the state to take care of her adopted kids.
Sheree Powell, spokesperson for Oklahoma Department of Human Services, said, “Once they become adopted, they are the children of those parents.”
Powell says while some adopted families are eligible for federal assistance, there are no mandatory checkups to make sure the money isn’t being misused.
Powell said, “The federal government does not require any oversight or checks on the child once they are adopted.”
After being called by police, DHS removed the four kids from the house.
The suspect remains behind bars at the Oklahoma County Jail.