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Women arrested on drug charges, children found living in mice-infested apartment

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WORCESTER, Mass. — Two women were arrested Friday on drug charges after police searched their apartment, where cops found three children living in “deplorable” conditions, authorities said.

The women, Sheyla Montalvo, 24, and Natasha Riley-Murphy, 29, were driving when police pulled them over. They issued a search warrant on their apartment on King Street in Worcester, Massachusetts, according to Worcester police.

A 39-year-old woman and three children, who are ages 3, 5 and 6, were inside the apartment. The apartment was infested with mice, police said, with animal feces covering the floor and the children’s bedroom. Mice scurried above the ceiling and throughout the house.  The house cat even appeared with a live mouse clenched in its mouth, cops said.

Police found a black backpack with 99 pills of Oxycodone, two bags of marijuana, three cellphones and $3,382 in cash.  Riley-Murphy also had a bag of cocaine on her, police said.

Montalvo and Riley-Murphy were arrested and charged with trafficking a Class B substance, drug violation within 100 feet of a park and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act. Riley-Murphy was also charged with possession of a Class B substance and possession with intent to distribute.

Department of Children and Families took custody of the children.

The two women are scheduled to be arraigned Monday.