MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A 25-year-old Milwaukee mother is facing child neglect charges after city workers discovered cockroaches and feces throughout her home. Police were led to the home after two of the woman's seven children suffered gunshot wounds when they were struck by gunfire during a gun battle on Wednesday, July 23rd in the area of 37th and Hadley.
Octavia Burton is facing seven counts of child neglect.
The shooting happened just before 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 23rd.
Police say Burton and a man were in a van with her seven children — between the ages of two and 11 when the shooting occurred.
Police say the man got into some sort of altercation with others in the neighborhood — and that’s when the gun battle ensued.
Some of the bullets hit the side of a home in the area, and others hit the 10-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl.
Police said the children’s mother, later identified as Burton, drove them to the hospital.
Police say their investigation into the shooting let them to a house not far away -- where the mother was living with her seven children. Police say city workers discovered cockroaches and feces throughout the home.
According to the criminal complaint, upon entering the residence, officers noted a strong odor of dog urine and feces through the entire residence.
The criminal complaint indicates that officers observed insect infestation in every room. Additionally, officials noted that they located a mattress in a closet which was covered in well over 100 insects, including roaches.
Officials also discovered both old and fresh dog feces in a metal crate, a pantry and a stairwell.The complaint indicates the living room floor was covered with ten garbage bags, which were filled with dirty clothes and insects.
Within minutes of entering the residence, a DOC agent terminated the search due to the overpowering smell.
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According to the criminal complaint, the house was condemned, and the children were placed with Child Protective Services.
The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Care and Control (MADACC) also responded to the scene and picked up five "malnourished, and insect-infested dogs."
A neighbor says something didn't seem right about the way the house was run -- but he says he had no idea the conditions inside were this bad.
"I'm on the outside looking in, so I don't know the condition of the house. The number of dogs -- I thought that was just too many for one house," Jimmy White said.
During a press conference last Thursday, following Wednesday's shooting, Police Chief Ed Flynn said Burton had recently regained custody of her children after losing them due to child abuse. She was charged with three counts of child abuse back in 2012.
"I would see them in the morning on school days. He would walk his kids to the corner to get on the school bus," Jimmy White said.
During Thursday's press conference, Chief Flynn called out both parents.
"Do these kids have a chance? Do kids have a chance who are put in harm's way by reckless parents?" Chief Flynn said.
FOX6 News reached out to the Department of Children and Families. It says it cannot comment on specific cases -- but says families are only reunited with court approval after a parent completes all of the steps in a court-ordered case plan.
It is unclear whether Burton's plan included an in-home visit.