A 2-year-old girl was found alone in an apartment on Ashford Street in Hartford, Connecticut, covered in feces, according to police, and they are investigating.
The child was in deplorable conditions, police said, and one neighbor described the apartment as like a "hoarder house."
The neighbors realized that the little girl was alone when they noticed water leaking in from the apartment above and went to tell the residents.
Tyrine Wilkins said she told her daughter to go upstairs and see what was going on. When she came back, she said a little girl told her no one was home.
"I have an anxiety attack immediately," Wilkins said. "I say, 'What do you mean no one's home'?"
When police arrived to the home they found feces and urine throughout the home and two small dogs. Extension cords could be seen across the floors and the sink was piled with dirty dishes, police said.
Police said the child was not injured, but has been taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, which police said is standard protocol.
The state Department of Children and Families has been notified.
Police said the child’s mother was at work and was returning home. She and the child's stepfather are cooperating with police, police said.