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'Dirty house' husband sentenced in Kingman court

William Meyer

William Meyer

KINGMAN - A Mohave Superior Court Judge tacked on an additional 30 days jail time for a man who pleaded guilty to child abuse in connection with a "dirty house" case.

William Meyer, 27, was set to be sentenced two weeks ago but proceedings were postponed after he complained of chest pains and left the courthouse on a stretcher.

He was back in court Tuesday to be formally sentenced to three years probation as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

As a condition of probation, Judge Steven Conn ordered Meyer to serve 30 days in jail, the same sentence his wife, 27-year-old Jessica Meyer, received when she was sentenced last fall.

Both Meyers pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse. The Meyers were arrested last year after Kingman police went to their home as part of an investigation and found the conditions to be unsuitable for the couple's three children, then ages 2 and 3. A fourth child was born last year.

In their report, Kingman Police officers said they found the house to be in deplorable condition. Among other things, they noted that the kitchen sink was filled with dirty, moldy dishes and that there were several dead rodents and part of a snake covered with mold in the sink. Several guns were also found, including a loaded rifle three feet off the floor within a child's reach.

Prosecutor Jacob Cote said police described the children as "animalistic," and called the home one of the worst they've ever seen. That didn't impress Meyer's attorney, Sandra Carr.

"I've heard the police say this is the worst house they've ever seen several times," she said.

According to statements made in court, the children still appear to be under the care of Child Protective Services. CPS does not comment on cases.

"If you want to live in a pigsty and you live with pigs, that's OK. When you have children living in those circumstances, that's when we have a problem," Conn said.

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