Girl, 2 Adults Found Living in Backyard Shed in Lakeside: Deputies

A 9-year-old girl was taken into protective custody. Six men and two women were arrested.

A child found living in a shed in the backyard of a Lakeside home was taken into protective custody Thursday, San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies said.

The girl's condition was "surprisingly good, considering the deplorable living conditions," the Sheriff's Department confirmed. 

A probation compliance check in the 12000 block of Lindo Lane at 6 a.m. led to the discovery of the 9-year-old girl, the girl’s father and an adult woman. The group was living in a shed that had no bathroom or running water, deputies said.

Also in the shed, deputies say they found a number of weapons along with methamphetamine. Deputies believe the drugs were being sold from the property.

Thirteen people were detained. Six men and two women were arrested and booked into county jail, officials said.

They include, Kirsten Fleming, 22, Wesley Fleming, 27, Dustin Kemna, 21, Joe Tavolazzi, 60, Kimberly Bradeen, 29, Nathan Tavolazzi, 22, John Joe Carter, 22, and Harvey Garrison, 51. 

Charges include felony child endangerment, gun charges, drug charges, probation violations and sales of a controlled substance near a school.

The girl was in the custody of employees of the Child Protective Services Drug Endangered Children unit.

It's not clear how long they had been living in the shed. The investigation is ongoing. 

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