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Mom allegedly leaves kids in maggot-filled home

July 8, 2009 |  9:41 am

Cypress mom A 35-year-old Cypress mother of three was arrested for allegedly leaving her two children home alone in a house filled knee-high with trash, bugs and maggots, authorities said today.

Police found the children Tuesday living in "deplorable" conditions, said Sgt. Tom Bruce of the Cypress Police Department.

“Frozen bugs were inside the refrigerator and the toilets were overflowing with human feces,” Bruce said.

Their mother, Alison Le Anne Ebert, turned herself in to police, allegedly telling officers she had been smoking marijuana at  “some dude’s house,” was addicted to methamphetamine and felt lazy and depressed. She was released on her own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 2.

The investigation began Tuesday afternoon when police received an anonymous tip of possible child abuse at the house in the 8500 block of La Homa Street. When officers arrived, they found two girls, ages 9 and 11, inside the home, Bruce said.

The two girls were placed under the care of Orange County Child Protective Services, Bruce said, adding that a third child, a 15-year-old girl who had been staying at a relative’s home, also was taken into protective custody. City code enforcement officers deemed the house uninhabitable.

-- Ruben Vives

Photo: Alison Le Anne Ebert. Credit: Cypress Police Department