Schenectady 911 call leads to discovery of children living in ‘deplorable’ conditions, court documents say


SCHENECTADY — Numerous charges have been filed after a 911 call Friday led to the discovery of four children living in “deplorable unsafe conditions” at a McClellan Street residence, according to court documents. 

Paramedics were called to 1121 McClellan St. for a reported cardiac arrest shortly before 10 a.m., according to Assistant Fire Chief Don Mareno. Emergency crews were unable to revive the woman, who was later identified as the mother of the children, ranging between 10- and 17-years-old, according to court documents.

After entering the residence, first responders discovered ghastly conditions, including one child who was partially clothed and locked in a bedroom full of feces, according to court documents.

Kevin Lownsbury, 47, identified as the boyfriend of the deceased woman, has been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, a felony. He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. 

Lownsbury knowingly acted in a manner “likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare” of his girlfriend’s children, according to court documents.

The oldest child, who is disabled, was “locked in a bedroom partially clothed with feces,” and he and his 11-year-old sister, also disabled, were unable to care for themselves because of a “physical disability, mental disease or defect,” according to the documents.  

“Said victim was located in deplorable and unsafe conditions,” the court documents read.

The children were immediately removed from the residence by Schenectady County Child Protective Services.

Mareno said the department’s hazmat team was called back to the scene later in the day to provide further assistance, but declined to elaborate, deferring additional comment to police.

A police spokesman did not immediately return a request seeking comment.

The city’s code enforcement office, which issued an order to vacate the residence, also did not return requests for comment Monday.

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.  

Categories: News, Schenectady, Schenectady County

VINCE RIGGI February 8, 2022
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The big question here is where was cps before this event. This system put in place to protect children with disabilities failed miserably in this sad case. The county leg should ask for an immediate investigation to assure that a travesty such as this does not happen again.