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'Extremely hazardous environment' | 2 parents arrested after home found in deplorable condition, child in CPS custody

Both parents, Elisha Gray and Matthew Alderman, face charges of child endangerment and animal cruelty.
Credit: Gregg County Jail

LIBERTY CITY, Texas — The Gregg County Sheriff's Office arrested a mother and father after their home was found to be in a deplorable condition.

According to the Gregg County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the mobile home in the 200 block of Sypert Street in Liberty City at about 2 p.m. for a welfare check.

When deputies arrived, they found the house to be an "extremely hazardous environment." Deputies needed special gear to enter the home.

The sheriff's office says there was a "very young child" living in the home. The child is in the custody of Child Protective Services.

The sheriff's office removed several animals from the home including:

  • 6 Dogs
  • 12 Cats
  • 1 Pig
  • 1 Rooster
  • 12 Rats
  • 1 Possum

Both parents, 37-year-old Elisha Gray and 44-year-old Matthew Alderman, were arrested and booked into the Gregg County Jail on a number of charges.

Gray faces charges of abandonment/endangerment of a child, cruelty to non-livestock animals and failure to identify/giving false information.

Alderman faces charges of abandonment/endangerment of a child and cruelty to non-livestock animals.