Mother denies children lived in ‘deplorable’ conditions

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WEST JORDAN, Utah (News4Utah) –  Yessica Salcido reached out to a victim’s advocate for help.
It turned out the call led to her arrest.

Salcido was arrested Friday after West Jordan arrived at her home following that call to the victim’s advocate.  She claimed she was attempting to get help from her alleged abusive husband.

“My husband keeps harassing me, harassing me and he won’t leave me alone,” Salcido told News4Utah.

But Sgt. J.C. Hold said the victim’s advocate heard yelling and screaming in the background.  He said the advocate believed there was a dangerous situation at the home and called 911.  That’s why police were at the home.

“He (arresting officer) said it one of the worse conditions he’d seen little kids in in his career and this is a veteran officer,” said West Jordan police spokesman Sgt. J.C. Holt.

Those conditions forced police to remove a 4 and 6-year-old from the Salcido home.  Sgt. Holt said no one was answering the door.

“That’s when they noticed there were children in the house, at least one child that peeked around the corner and they saw his head,”  said Holt.  “Once inside they immediately noticed the poor conditions of the home.  There were several items in the kitchen with rotting food, the home smelled very bad, just found generally in deplorable conditions.”

Police said they also found a 20-year-old hiding in one of the rooms but was not involved with the situation facing Salcido.   Police eventually found and arrested her.  Salcido said the home was being remodeled and that’s why it was in disarray.

“I’m trying to make their room look nicer,” she said.  “But it was nothing like they made it seem.”

She said her children are still in state custody but wants them back.

“My kids mean the world to me,” she said.  “I would never hurt them and love them and I just hope to get them back really soon.”

Police said they’ve been called to the home at least eight times this year.  Sgt. Holt said all of the calls were result of domestic violence.

“Lots of yelling back and forth,” he said.

But he said it did not lead to arrests.  He said Salcido has an unusual relationship because her husband lives at the home along with her boyfriend.  He also said there are other family members who live there as well.

Salcido has not been officially charged but could be facing child abuse felony charges.  Sgt. Holt said her husband could also be facing similar charges.

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