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Dallas police remove 2 children from squalid conditions

Two children, ages 2 and 5, are in foster care after they were removed from an abandoned home in southeast Dallas that had no food and utilities, but strewn with trash and human waste, police said.

A 9mm pistol also was found in the home in the 3500 block of Holmes Street, which is in a neighborhood northwest of the intersection of Interstate 45 and South Lamar Street.

Police arrested Gregory Dewayne Amphy, 22, who allegedly left the 5-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl alone in the house on Monday, according to a police report.

Amphy is the father of at least one of the children, but it was unclear if he fathered both children, said Senior Cpl. Janice Crowther, police spokeswoman.

Police found the barefooted children on a soiled mattress inside the house, which had been boarded up and without power or water since 2002, police said.

The house contained "molded trash heaps, numerous razor blades and broken glass," police said.

Officers added that the 9mm pistol was accessible to both children.

"In the only bathroom in the structure, the toilet was filled almost to the top with old human feces," police said in the report.

Amphy arrived at the house while police were investigating and he was arrested. He must have put up a struggle because he has been charged with resisting arrest, police said.

Other charges included two counts of endangering a child, auto theft and possession of marijuana.

He was being held Wednesday at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center with bond set at $25,000.

Amphy, according to jail records, was arrested for robbery in April and possession of marijuana in January.

He was also arrested for assault causing bodily injury in March 2007 and unlawful restraint and interfering with an emergency call in February 2005, the jail records show. All of his arrests were in Dallas, according to the records.

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