Editor’s note: At least in some municipalities in Pennsylvania (unlike Pottstown) buildings are condemned for unsanitary living conditions. In Pottstown, they look the other way….716 Adams Street, for example. Maybe the Hazleton Codes Department does field trips???
Hazleton police checking on the welfare of children Tuesday afternoon found five unsupervised children living in an apartment with cockroaches and no smoke alarms, city and law enforcement officials said.
Police said they were dispatched to 197 S. Wyoming St. about 1:30 p.m. to assist Hazleton Area School District with the welfare check. Inside the apartment, police found five children younger than 10 alone. Police said Tuesday it was unclear why and how long the children were home alone. Those issues would be investigated by Luzerne County Children and Youth Services.
Their father, Freddy Colon, later arrived at the home, police wrote.
City code and health officials were called to investigate the conditions, ultimately condemning the apartment.