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Sheriff’s deputies find 9-month-old child, drugs in ramshackle shed in El Dorado County

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office allegedly discovered drug paraphernalia in the shed.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office allegedly discovered drug paraphernalia in the shed. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

Two El Dorado County residents were arrested last week after authorities found them living in a shack with an infant.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a car parked on private property on Nov. 6, according to a department Facebook post. Deputies determined that Steven Izatt, 40, and Kelli Simmons, 26, had last used the vehicle, then found the couple living in a “dangerously unfit” storage shed with their 9-month-old child.

Further investigation of the shed turned up drug paraphernalia, and Simmons was later charged with attempting to bring a controlled substance into prison, while Izatt was allegedly under the influence of a controlled substance when arrested.

Each was also charged with willful cruelty to a child, obstructing a peace officer and possession of unlawful paraphernalia, and remain in El Dorado County Jail custody with bail set at $100,000 apiece. Izatt is also being charged with a probation violation.

The child is in the custody of a responsible family member, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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