Boise couple arrested after toddlers found in filthy house

Posted at 2:30 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 17:11:23-04

BOISE — A south Boise couple faces a number of felony charges after Ada County Sheriff’s Office investigators say they found three toddlers living in “dangerous and dirty conditions.”

Brian Lemke, 25, and Allysen Armenta, 21, the children’s parents, each face three felony counts of injury to a child.

According to an Ada County Sheriff’s Office release, deputies began their investigation Feb. 1 after a third party reported the children were living in “dangerous and dirty conditions” inside their home near Amity and Cole Roads in south Ada County.

“Deputies found the home was badly cluttered with garbage and other debris all over the floor, moldy food strewn throughout, knives and other sharp objects left throughout the house in the reach of children, and used diapers and other debris in the yard,” the release said. “Deputies saw dirt on all three of the children, who are all under the age of three. One of the kids had a bruise on her head. Another had an open sore on his mouth.”

Deputies declared the children to be in imminent danger and placed them in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Detectives continued to investigate the case and sent their report to the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office, who issued arrest warrants for the couple on March 15.

Lemke and Armenta turned themselves in at the Ada County Jail Monday night.

They were both released after posting $10,000 bond.

The crime of felony injury to child is punishable by up to ten years in prison.

(photos courtesy: Ada County Jail)