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Boise Police: Parents arrested after child found in “unlivable” conditions

Posted at 1:02 PM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 15:22:45-05

BOISE — A Boise woman and a Caldwell man are each a facing a charge of felony injury to a child after officers say they found the couple’s child living in filthy and “unlivable” conditions.

While responding to a separate incident on October 7 of last year, Boise Police patrol officers discovered a child living in unfit conditions at a home on the 7700 block of West Ustick Road in west Boise, according to BPD spokesman, Ryan Larrondo.

BPD Special Victims Unit detectives responded and investigated the home -- and the parents, who police identified as Peggy Sue Byers, 34, of Boise and Benjamin Blocker, 31, of Caldwell.

“It was determined by investigators that the conditions were unlivable for a minor at that time,” said Larrondo. “They described the home as being unsanitary and unsafe living conditions for the child.”

Officials did not elaborate, citing an ongoing investigation,

The child, whose sex and age were not disclosed, was taken into the custody of the state and will be placed in the temporary care of the State Health and Welfare Department.

Investigators forwarded their findings on to the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office and an arrest warrant was later issued for the couple, Larrondo said.

Both Byers and Blocker were booked into the Ada County Jail on the warrants about 11 a.m. Tuesday.

They are scheduled to make their initial court appearance Wednesday.

(booking photos courtesy: Ada County Sheriff’s Office)