RUSSELLVILLE — A woman remains in jail after deputies reported finding filth, animal feces and a “smog” of chemical residue from spray cans of paint inside an apartment with the woman’s 2-year-old daughter, officials said.
Christy Hallman, 25, 514 Van Buren St., S.W., Apt. 1, Russellville, is charged with chemical endangerment of a child, which is a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, which is a misdemeanor, Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver said.
Jail officials said Hallman is being held in the Franklin County Jail without bail.
Oliver said Hallman was arrested late last week when deputies went to the residence looking for Percy “Bud Earl” King, 36, 178 Alvin Baker Road, Phil Campbell. King escaped from a court-ordered drug rehabilitation facility in south Alabama about three months ago, authorities said.
Investigators said they received word that King, who has prior drug arrests, was at the Van Buren Street apartment. Oliver said authorities found King hiding inside the residence under garbage bags and trash. He is charged with first-degree escape and is in the Franklin County Jail without bail.
While at the residence, deputies discovered more than 100 used spray paint cans and rags believed to be used to “huff” the spray paint fumes, as well as used toilet paper, dirty diapers, dog feces and trash.
Oliver said deputies reported that when they went into the apartment they were met by what they described as a “smog” of chemical residue from the spray paint.
Investigators said some of the deputies reported that within minutes of being inside the residence they developed headaches from the odor.
“They said it was horrible living conditions and a very disgusting situation these people and this little girl were living in,” Oliver said. “I don’t know how anyone can live and even stay in that kind of environment, especially with a small child. To me, they have their priorities in the wrong place.”
Authorities said the Franklin County Department of Human Resources took custody of the child.
Oliver said a 35-year-old woman from Russellville and a 30-year-old woman from Phil Campbell also were at the residence. They are each charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.