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Children taken away from home after found in dirty conditions

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? The following photo of Ernest Boulanger was provided by the New Haven Police Department. ? The following photo of Ernest Boulanger was provided by the New Haven Police Department.
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A New Haven man was arrested after police said his two children were seen "hanging from a second floor window" Friday night.

Officers were called to a home in Fair Haven around 6:45 p.m. after a report of children hanging from a window as well as a man throwing items, including curtains and clothes, out of his windows.

Police said neighbors tried to get into the apartment before officers arrived, but weren't able to.

When a man who was later identified as 33-year-old Ernest Boulanger answered the door, police said he appeared "disoriented with glassy eyes and smelling of alcohol."

Inside the apartment, officers found three 24 oz. cans of beer, which Boulanger said he consumed "to wind down."

A 7-month-old girl was discovered crying in a dirty crib with a soiled diaper. Two other children were also found in the apartment, including a 1-year-old with a soiled diaper.

They also found "cigarette ashes on the floor, a window fan with exposed blades, filthy bedding, trash on the floor and a sink filled with dirty dishes."

The Connecticut Department of Children & Families were called to the home and the state officials removed the children from the home.

Boulanger was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of risking injury to children.

Boulanger told police that the children's mother had gone out and he had to watch the children.

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