- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Police say three children are in state custody after they were found living in “deplorable” conditions.

Police were executing a drug-related search warrant at a King Street apartment around 6 p.m. Friday when they discovered the children, ages 6, 5 and 3.

Police say the apartment was infested with mice, its floors were covered in animal feces and a cat was carrying a live mouse in its mouth.

Police say they found 99 oxycodone pills, two bags of marijuana, cocaine and cash during the search.

Twenty-four-year-old Sheyla Montalvo and 29-year-old Natasha Riley-Murphy are facing drug trafficking charges.

The oldest children are Montalvo’s. The 3-year-old belongs to a relative.

The state Department of Children and Families took the children into custody.

The women are scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

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