Police: 2 children found in ‘deplorable’ Rock Hill home with stolen electricity

A Rock Hill couple is jailed under a $10,000 bond after police found two children living in a home with rotting food, cockroach infestation, and electricity service that had been allegedly stolen.

Officials with the S.C. Department of Social Services took custody of the children.

Officers Saturday were responding to a welfare check around 6: 30 a.m. on Sirrine Street when they found Dennis Tutterow, 34, allegedly with an odor of alcohol about him, a Rock Hill Police Department report states. The children, ages 12 and 8, were found sleeping but the home was in “disarray,” the report states. Roaches scattered along cabinets and around several open boxes of food, officers said. Police found rotting food inside the refrigerator that was not working, the report states.

The rest of the residence was “deplorable,” and beer cans were found behind a bed. Jennifer Tutterow, 35, was found sleeping on a couch, police said.

The odor of rotting food was so bad that four officers became nauseous and had to leave to avoid vomiting. One officer had to wipe roaches off his uniform.

Rock Hill utilities told officers power had been cut off June 10 for non-payment of bills over $1,000. After officers noticed the electricity meter ajar Dennis Tutterow, an electrician, admitted to illegally restoring the service.

After arrest, Dennis Tutterow acknowledged receiving $400 per month in food stamp assistance to go with the $1,500 a month he makes as an electrician. Jennifer Tutterow told a judge she made $200 per month cutting hair, police said.

Both Dennis Tutterow and Jennifer Tutterow are charged with two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child, and cited for theft of electricity and tampering with a utility meter.