Three children who authorities say were living in squalor at the Quality Inn in Milford Township near Quakertown were rescued by state police on Wednesday night after troopers were initially called to the scene for a report of a woman who had overdosed on drugs.
Police said they were dispatched to the 1900 block of the John Fries Highway (Rt. 663) at 7:27 p.m. on Jan. 12, for a report of a woman who had overdosed. Once at the scene, police said the woman was awake, alert and admitted to using drugs. She was then transported to the Upper Bucks campus of St. Luke’s for evaluation.
The woman’s name is withheld as she has not been charged in connection with the incident.
Investigators then spoke with the occupant of the room, identified as David Alan Savage, 44, of Quakertown, who police described as intoxicated and actively drinking a beer.
Savage told police the woman stayed with him in the bedroom with three young children, according to the criminal complaint filed in Bucks County District Court.
The relationship between the children, Savage and the woman who overdosed has not been disclosed.
Police said the children lived in a “dirty environment”, lacked full clothing and had not been bathed because the bedroom tub was filled with various personal items. Additionally, food and vomit were observed inside the room; trash that smelled so noxious that police could smell it outside the room with the door closed, according to the complaint.
When asked about the vomit, Savage allegedly told police he had been inside the room for “a few days” and hadn’t had time to clean it up. The report added that there were empty beer bottles all over the room, a strong smell of feces in the room and the youngest child was wearing a urine-soaked diaper.
All three children were removed from the scene and taken into custody, police said.
Savage was later taken into custody and charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. On Friday, he was being held at the Bucks County Correctional Facility on 10% of a $75,000 bond.
A preliminary hearing for Savage is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1 at 1 p.m. before Bucks County District Judge Regina Armitage, according to the court filing in the case. On Friday, the filing did not mention an attorney for Savage.
A Quality Inn media relations representative released the following statement on Friday regarding the arrest that took place at the Milford Township Hotel: “We are aware of the events at the Quality Inn, which is independently owned and operated, in Quakertown. We are in communication with the owner of the franchise hotel and, due to the ongoing police investigation, we are unable to provide further comment on the incident at this time.
Last Friday, a request for comment from the hotel’s general manager had not been returned.
All suspects and accused are innocent until proven guilty. This story was compiled using court records and the probable cause affidavit.