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UPDATE: 8-month-old infant found in filthy conditions

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A tip relating to drug crime led Lincoln's Narcotics Task Force to discover something even worse; when they searched a home near 16th and E streets Tuesday, they say they found drug paraphernalia and evidence of Meth sales.

But that's not all.

They say they also found an 8 month old, face down on a vomit covered blanket.

Conditions were so bad, police say the child had roach eggs on the bottom of her feet. According to police, the infant's mother, 28–year–old Elizabeth Roberts, was blasting the television to muffle the infant's cries.

She was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and child neglect.

The baby girl is okay, and is now in protective custody.

After finding out, neighbors were horrified.

"Jaw dropping," said one neighbor. 

"I actually turned off the TV. I couldn't believe it you know, and I'm like what is this lady thinking?" said another. 

Police say when they searched Roberts' home, that the conditions were unlivable, and that she agreed, it was no place for a child.

A woman who knows Roberts said she thought there may have been some problems at the house.

"She let the baby sit in the crib. I didn't even see her pick up the baby and try to hold the baby."

The woman wants to remain anonymous.

"Everybody kept telling me I should go and report it but I didn't."

Neighbors say they hope this tragedy serves as a lesson; if you suspect something is off to speak up.

If you suspect child neglect, you should call the Neglect Hotline at 1-800-652-1999. You can also visit the Department of Health and Human Service's website for more information: http://dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/Pages/jus_jusindex.aspx

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