ZACHARY, LA (WAFB) - Chris Seals tried to make sense of the news surrounding the arrest of his neighbor on Willow Creek Street in Zachary.
"Shocking don't know what's going on next door to you," said Seals.
Police responded to the home of Mark Allen Taylor on December 11, after his landlord called concerned there may be damage to the property. Zachary Police Chief David McDavid said what officers found at the residence led them to put Taylor in handcuffs.
"The tenants were already moving out as officer arrived. They saw stuff in the residence including drug paraphernalia and other stuff saw the condition of the house and made an arrest of that," said McDavid.
In a Zachary police report the arresting officer says he observed two syringes in plain view and what appeared to be a spoon used for injecting narcotics. The officer also says Taylor told him his three children ages 3, 7 and 11 lived at the residence and it had soiled diapers, cigarette butts and half eaten food throughout.
The arrest came less than a week after four women were charged with improper supervision of a minor on the same street resulting in a one year old child being removed from the home.
"Just about everybody on this street have kids. I'm sure just about everyone else feels the same way I do. It's troubling," said Seals.
According to Chief McDavid the fact children were living in what he describes as deplorable conditions is the most disturbing part of this case and adds he can only hope things will change for these kids now that they are in protective custody.
"It hurts me to see this because as you say they didn't ask to be brought into this world and here they are. They're from house to house possibly and hopefully they'll get some family members or adoptive parents take them in and give them a successful life," added McDavid.
Among the counts levied against Taylor included three charges of improper supervision of a minor and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor but Seals worries more about the long term affects on the children involved.
"Anytime kids are exposed to life changing experiences it's going to be pretty tough," said Seals.
Taylor bonded out of East Baton Rouge Prison Tuesday on $14,000 bail.