Charges: Tacoma mom locked kids in room full of urine, feces

TACOMA, Wash. -- A Tacoma mother is accused locking her three little boys inside a room where they were forced to live amid their own feces and urine.

Tasha Noel Herndon, 26, is facing serious charges after police say her boys were living in squalor.

"It's a horror story," said Herndon's neighbor, who only wants to identified as Rita. "It's something awful and terrible to hear about."

Police received a 911 call from a woman asking that they check-up on Herndon's three little boys ages 2-, 3- and 6-years old at their Yakima Avenue home. According to court documents, police found the boys locked in a room with a deadbolt so high they couldn't reach it.

"She fed them -- barely -- through a slot in the door," said Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. "It was like a prison cell, but worse because there was no toilet or running water in the room."

Court documents say the room was covered in the boys' feces and the carpet was saturated with their urine.

"The children were filthy, they did not have good verbal skills, two of them were naked and one had soiled underwear," said Lindquist.

Herndon told police she knew her family was living in horrible conditions. The children were taken to the hospital and are doing fine. They are now protective custody.

Herndon has been charged with three counts of criminal mistreatment and three count of unlawful imprisonment. She has pleaded not guilty and is being held on $300,000 bail at the Pierce County Jail.

"Even in our business we don't see cases this grim very often," said Lindquist.

Herndon's next court date in July 1.