Erie County Children Services has launched an investigation into the questionable living conditions a Sandusky mother, 25, is providing her two young children.
The home, in the 900 block of Franklin St., is allegedly filled with trash, flies, mice and empty beer bottles, and its kitchen ceiling is collapsing from water damage, according to a Sandusky police report.
A babysitter first observed the conditions Friday, when she arrived at the home at about 7:30 p.m. to return the children to their mother, who wasn't inside.
She knocked on the home's damaged door and it swung open without effort, revealing the disarray inside, according to the report.
The woman then called police, unsure of what to do, because the mother had said she'd be home about two hours prior.
When officers arrived, they searched the home for the children's mother and couldn't locate her among the mess, according to the report.
While searching, they observed there was only one bed in the home, which the mother and two young children apparently slept in together. The bedroom was littered with empty beer bottles, clothes from overturned dressers and other miscellaneous items.
The kitchen contained at least 15 trash bags and smelled musty, police said in the report.
The babysitter told police doctors recently diagnosed the missing woman with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to the report.
She agreed to watch the children until police located their mother.
They forwarded a report of the incident, as well as photos, to Erie County Children Services and the city's housing department.