David D. Ealey, 24, and Elizabeth D. Necessary, 18.
A Kingsport couple — who had allegedly choked each other while arguing over who was to take out the trash, prompting a police response to their apartment — have been charged with child neglect after an infant was found living in "filthy" conditions.
Elizabeth D. Necessary, 18, and David D. Ealey, 24, each of 1217 Robertson St., apartment 37, were arrested Monday morning. Each was charged with aggravated domestic assault and child neglect, while the Department of Children's Services responded to place the baby in the temporary custody of another individual.
According to a Kingsport police arrest report, officers responded to the residence on a call of an assault in progress. Necessary was found on the front porch when they arrived, while her boyfriend, Ealey, was inside.
They each reportedly admitted to fighting about who was supposed to take out the trash, as well as choking the other during the incident.
Police say the interior of the apartment was "filthy" — including old food in the kitchen, dirty clothes and dirty diapers "on the floor in every room."
Necessary and Ealey were booked into the city jail, while KPD detectives and DCS responded for further investigation. The police report does not specify the baby's relationship to either suspect.