A nine-month-old baby is now in the hands of the Iowa Department of Human Services, after police say a couple was raising it in a garage without heat or electricity.
Neighbors told police that the couple was living with a baby in the garage at 3012 Kinsey Avenue on the east side of Des Moines.
The garage doesn’t have any utilities, and when police got there Thursday they say it was filthy and full of trash. Drug pipes, synthetic drugs, and a large fixed blade hunting knife were found near the where the baby was sleeping.
Police arrested the child’s mother, 23-year-old Danae Haynes and her boyfriend 22-year-old Justin Sorter. They’re both charged with child endangerment causing bodily injury, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violations.
Sorter’s aunt owns the home and garage. The couple claims the aunt did not allow them inside the house but offered them to stay in homeless shelters. Hayne’s says she was turned down by the homeless shelter because of the baby but refused shelters that offered family services.
Police say the home and the garage the couple was staying in belongs to Sorter’s aunt.
They haven’t said whether she faces any charges.