Police officers from the Tennessee state department received a welfare call about some children in Soddy-Daisy, the officers arrived at the scene only to be met utter disgust and unspeakable calamity. On getting to the target house, an offensive putrid smell greeted them at the door, subjecting their noses to the unpleasant smell of filth oozing from inside the house.
They described the smell as varying from decayed feces to undisposed household waste. The house was occupied by a couple, Stacy and Dustin Tallent and their three children. The officers had no alternative but to place the couple under arrest (both 31 years old) for heightened child negligence.
It could be said that the couple suffered from a chronic case of compulsive hoarding disorder. It is pattern of behaviour in people very similar to what the Tallents exhibits which makes them susceptible to excessive acquisition and an inability or the lack of the will to do away with very large quantity of objects that covers their entire living areas of the home and results in a considerable amount of distress and impairment to the person. Researchers recently came up with the study of people with the hoarding disorder as a form of mental disorder. It is yet to be seen whether it is an isolated condition in people or just another symptom of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The condition with the Tallents has definitely raised a few eye brows among the population.
In addition to the child neglect, the filthy home kept the officers occupied with new and incredible discoveries of utter disgust. Besides the decayed trash, the couple also ‘stored’ in their refrigerator two dead dogs and turtles each, five dead parakeets and a dead rabbit.
It would be an understatement to say the officers never beheld anything like that before because not many can relate to this event in the internet community. The extent of disgust of the officers was justified because three children were made to live in the pile of filth. With the kid’s rescue, a significant number of animals (10 in total) were also saved from the mad conditions; even nature wouldn’t subject them.
The rescued animals were said to be ‘very thin’ and afflicted with fleas and parasites. They included a python, a lizard, three cats and four dogs.
On that Saturday the police invaded the house, the poor little children were out, but the parents were taken into custody at the County jail. The oldest of the three children was five years old while the other two are a two-year-old twin.
The Tallents was slammed with charges of child and animal neglect, the latter charge recommended by the Director of the Humane Educational Society Department, in Chattanooga, Bob Citrullo.
The officers of the County Police department expressed their disgust at such manner of life led by the Tallents, a sergeant reaffirmed that he had never heard of nor seen such in his life. The twins and the older one all lived in the filthy home sullied with feces, garbage, and wastes.
It was reported that two of the boys were out on the day while the last one was found locked up and seated in one of the rooms in the midst of the trash.
The story of the negligent and filthy Tallents triggered considerable outrage among the internet community. Many users stated their revulsion at the Tallents unprintable vulgarities and others shared their experience with a similar occurrence like the one in the story.
A user said, “I have a friend that specializes in hoarding. His situation is not as bad as this, but also as irritating. Every corner of his house space, car, and even the environment is overlaid with trash and clothes. He has no free space anywhere within his home. The unique thing about him is that he has a need for everything he littered the floor with. He has a really young daughter, and I feel sorry for her. I think he got his habit from his mom because she also keeps overweight cats in the basement. Their basement smells and looks like a waste house with cat pee odor all over. Well, their case is that an apple and a tree”.
I can only imagine what you feel about the Tallents and their lifestyle.
Another school of thought might deviate from the convicting the Tallents for child neglect and animal maltreatment. Their situation might be that requires a total rehabilitation and therapy to counteract a possible case of Compulsive hoarding in one or both of the parents. It is a deplorable situation no sane human being should have normally coped with, but that is the reality of life for the Tallents. Many have suggested that their kids be taken from them and given proper treatment while the parents also undergo the new research therapies available for people with the disorder. The Tallents have a problem that needs to be sorted out before they self-destruct and lose their children to their filthy lifestyle.