‘Filthy and deplorable’ living conditions found during Franklin arrest

  • Joseph Hern was arrested Sunday on charges of selling drugs and resisting arrest. Police also ordered a woman and children living in his residence to evacuate due to deplorable living conditions there.  —Courtesy

  • Deplorable living conditions were discovered in a Franklin home during a drug arrest Sunday. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Monday, June 06, 2016

Franklin police have ordered a woman and her children to evacuate their home due to deplorable conditions found during a drug arrest Sunday.

Police said they responded to West Bow Street at 3:30 p.m. with a warrant to arrest Joseph Hern, 29, for on charges of selling drugs. Police arrived at the home and spoke with 30-year-old Heather Avery, who also lived there.

Officers accompanied Avery to look for Hern, who, according to an officer stationed outside the building, climbed out a rear window, down a tree and fled the area. Police eventually caught Hern, who was arrested on the original charge stated in the warrant as well as an additional charge of resisting arrest.

In the home, police said they saw “living conditions so filthy and deplorable” that they ordered Avery and her children to leave. Photos of the home posted on the police Facebook page show rooms filled with trash, food containers, cigarette butts and an overflowing toilet.

Franklin police said the housing conditions are still under investigation and will be addressed by multiple agencies.