Mom in Steelton child-endangerment case arrested in Philly

STEELTON, Pa. (WHTM) – A woman accused of keeping her 11 children in a home filled with trash and feces has been arrested in Philadelphia.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service arrested Takeya Fluellen and recovered her 7-year-old son without incident, police said.

The boy was handed over to the Philadelphia Department of Health Services and Steelton police extradited Fluellen to Dauphin County.

Fluellen, 34, was supposed to surrender to authorities Wednesday morning to face 11 counts of aggravated assault and six counts of child endangerment. However, she told police she did not intend to turn herself in, and she notified Children and Youth Services that she was leaving the area with one of her children, authorities said.

The 7-year-old had been returned to his mother after his siblings were placed in protective custody.

Crime Stoppers earlier in the day announced a reward of up to $2,000 for information that led to Fluellen’s arrest.

Tyree R. Fluellen
Tyree R. Fluellen

Fluellen’s husband, 29-year-old Tyree R. Fluellen, was arrested Tuesday on the same charges. He is in Dauphin County Prison on $10,000 cash bail. Authorities believe he is the father of four children.

Police were at the couple’s home in the 500 block of North Second Street in July and said they found it full of trash, feces, and flies. The couple apparently fled with the children while officers were knocking on the door.

Dirty diapers were on the floor, raw meat was on the counter, and there were no beds or furniture. A large trash can in the kitchen was filled to the top and overflowing with maggots, according to the criminal complaint.

The upstairs had feces and feces-covered clothing and toys on the floor, the toilet was not working and was filled with fecal matter, and it appeared the bathtub had been used as a toilet and was filled with water and fecal matter, the complaint states.

Police said Takeya Fluellen was previously arrested on child endangerment charges in Florida, and she’s on probation in Dauphin County for welfare fraud.

The age of the missing child in this article has been corrected to 7.

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