NORRISTOWN — The apartment in which they raised their child was “deplorable” — littered with excrement, infested by “flies, roaches and rodents” and guns and drugs were in reach of the child, according to authorities.

Norristown couple Nicholas T. Wilde and Alicia Ruch, of the 600 block of West Main Street, face years of court supervision after admitting to placing their 4-year-old daughter in danger with the living conditions.

“The conditions of the residence were deplorable. There was a large amount of human and animal feces and urine present on the floor in all rooms of the residence. The excrement was in various stages of decay, some of which had been left uncleaned for weeks,” Norristown police officers Carl Robinson Jr. and Joshua Keenan alleged in an arrest affidavit.

“There was rotting food in every room of the residence. Flies, roaches and rodents were visible in every room of the residence,” Robinson and Keenan wrote, referring to the Feb. 23 search of the apartment.

“Due to the noxious odor of the residence, officers had to request assistance from The Norristown Fire Department in order to prevent physical illness while searching the premises,” Robinson and Keenan added.

On a couch in the residence, police found a large amount of drug paraphernalia and a loaded .22-caliber revolver, according to a criminal complaint.

“This was the area where the child and occupants appeared to have been sleeping and were within easy access of the child,” Robinson and Keenan alleged.

A loaded Glock .40-caliber handgun was found on the dining room floor and police seized multiple bags of marijuana, about 246 grams, from the residence, according to the arrest affidavit. The drugs and firearms were “easily accessible” to Wilde, Ruch and the child, police alleged.

“This presented a significant safety risk to the child,” police said.

Wilde, 31, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court this week to felony charges of endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy to engage in possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Judge Steven T. O’Neill sentenced Wilde to 9-to-23-months in jail, to be followed by three years’ probation, as part of a plea agreement, for a total of five years of court supervision.

Ruch, 26, pleaded guilty to a child endangerment charge and was sentenced to time served to 23 months in jail and was given credit for two months she served behind bars. Ruch also must complete one year of probation for a total of three years of court supervision.

O’Neill said the couple must forfeit the guns to the district attorney’s office, undergo drug, alcohol and mental health evaluations, comply with treatment recommendations and complete parenting classes.

The county Office of Children and Youth Services is involved in the case and the judge ordered Wilde and Ruch to comply with all court orders regarding contact with their child.

Court papers alleged Wilde was “the subject of an active narcotics investigation” and Norristown police obtained a warrant to search the residence on Feb. 23.

In the kitchen police found “the countertops, cabinets and appliances were covered with rotting food, rodent feces and roaches,” according to the criminal complaint.

“There was no surface in the residence clean enough to allow for the safe consumption of food. There was a large amount of clothing and trash throughout the residence, which created a significant safety hazard and fire risk. The residence had paths created by trash and filth,” Robinson and Keenan alleged.

With the charges, police alleged Wilde and Ruch created a hazardous environment in which they “knowingly” endangered the welfare of the child “and placed her at substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death” through the unsanitary conditions and “allowed unrestricted access to narcotics and loaded firearms.”

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