This photo provided by the Polk County Jail in Des Moines, Iowa, shows Destinee Miller, of Des Moines, who was jailed Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, after officers found her three young children alone outside their home. (Polk County Jail via AP)
(Meredith) -- An Iowa woman was arrested after police found her three children alone outside, including a naked toddler covered in feces "from head to toe" and a baby with a full diaper.
Destinee Miller, 25, reportedly left her 4-year-old son in charge of taking care of his 2-year-old and 1-year-old siblings at a home in Des Moines on Monday. The young boy took his siblings outside after their stove made a frightening sound when he tried to cook breakfast, KCCI reports.
Police said the home was littered with hundreds of mounds of dog feces along with urine, dirty dishes and spoiled food.
"It's best described as a heartbreaking mess," Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek told the news station.
Several dogs found inside the home did not look well, prompting police to call the Animal Rescue League and DHS. Miller later told officers she left her kids at home to take one of the dogs to a vet.
She reportedly left the children alone for more than an hour but returned home minutes after police arrived.
Miller is now facing child endangerment charges. Court records don't list the name of an attorney who can comment for her.
State authorities have taken custody of the children, citing deplorable living conditions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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