Children Living In Deplorable Conditions

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On 1/25/16 at 2019 hours, Harrisburg Police responded to a structure fire at 83 A N 18th Street.  Upon arrival it was determined that a fire was limited to the third floor of the structure.  Neighbors indicated that the family that included 5 children lived at this address and all exited the building.  They then fled the area.  Once the fire was extinguished a walkthrough of the structure was completed.  It was determined quickly that the building was unfit for human habitation.  There was not heat in the residence other than multiple electric space heaters.  There was trash all throughout the residence.  Mice and roaches could be seen scurrying about the building.  The building had an overbearing stench of rotting food, trash and bodily fluids.  On the second floor officers could observe fecal matter smeared on most of the walls of the second floor and urine was stored in soda bottles.  It was later determined that the toilet to the residence did not work.  On the third floor officer observed a heater that was placed near a mattress which started the fire. 

On 1/27/16 at 1600 hours, Joivanna Gonzalez-Santana came to the police station to be interviewed regarding the incident.  She did verify that she lived at the residence with Nephtley Negron-Rosario and her five children.  She stated that after the fire the family fled the residence because Negron-Rosario was wanted in Cumberland County for criminal charges. 

Children and Youth were notified and did respond to the station and interviewed Gonzalez-Santana.  She indicated that the children were at a friend’s residence.  Officers and Children & Youth workers went to this location and took custody of the five children.  Gonzalez-Santana was arrested and arraigned on her charges. 

Negron-Rosario was not located and he is the father of two of the children.  A warrant was issued for his arrest

Anyone having any information on this is asked to contact Det. Schriver at 717-255-3183 or email jschriver@cityofhbg.com, or Sgt. Kyle Gautsch at 717-255-3170 or email kgautsch@cityofhbg.com.

Anyone with information can also call the Dauphin County Police dispatch at 717-558-6900 and ask for a City detective.

Dauphin County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2000 for information leading to an arrest in this incident

Date: 
Monday, January 25, 2016
Reference ID: 
16-0125-128-003

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