The East Ridge Housing Commission met Monday afternoon in an emergency called meeting at City Hall.
The meeting was held in reaction to a Facebook post where Child Protective Services were called to 3701 Larry Lane. CPS was alerted to a situation in which the mother of a four-month old child was considering suicide, according to a commissioner on the board.
CPS responded to the address, called the East Ridge Police Department, which in turn notified the city’s Codes Enforcement Division. Photos sent by the housing commissioner showed the home in a state of disrepair.
The commissioner said the housing commission was introduced into the situation to “get the tenant to start the process to bring the house into a livable manner.”
According to city officials, there was no working smoke alarms and only one usable door to get in and out of the house, a violation of city codes.
The child was placed into the custody of grandparents in Bradley County, the housing commissioner said.
The male tenant and father of the removed child and the nephew of the owner, was ordered to appear before the East Ridge Housing Commission on January 13 at its regularly scheduled meeting to give an update on cleaning up the house. He, and he alone, will be allowed to remain in the dwelling.
The housing authority commissioner said that if he doesn’t make progress in making repairs – which were not explicitly stated – the commission would consider condemning the dwelling.