Pair arrested on suspicion of bringing baby into ‘deplorable’ house, Boise police say

Boise Police arrested two adults on Tuesday who prosecutors allege brought a newborn baby into a home that posed an “imminent danger.”

Police learned of the situation on May 10 when officers assisted the Department of Health and Welfare at a home on west Silver City Drive.

“After an investigation, officers determined that the living conditions inside the home were unsafe for a newborn baby and the child was declared to be in imminent danger,” according to a police news release.

Health and welfare took custody of the baby, the release said, “due to health hazards and deplorable conditions inside the home. “

Shonalee Petet, 28, and Charles Wrath, 33, are charged on suspicion of felony injury to child.

Wrath posted a $5,000 bond and Petet was booked and released. Both were to be arraigned Thursday.

Reporter Ruth Brown covers the criminal justice and correctional systems in Idaho. She focuses on breaking news, public safety and social justice. Prior to coming to the Idaho Statesman, she was a reporter at the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Bakersfield Californian and the Idaho Falls Post Register.