The sight of preschool-aged children playing in the street was allegedly nothing compared to what awaited authorities inside the house on Victor Avenue.

Shortly before noon on Monday, December 3, witnesses called the Hesperia station of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department after spotting three children between the ages of three and four allegedly playing in Victor Avenue.

Deputy Jeff Farrar arrived at the scene and found the children's mother, Angel Rice, 27, inside. Looking around the house, Farrar determined the house was "extremely unsanitary and uninhabitable." Rice's five children in total, ranging from ages 2 to 10, were taken into protective custody by Child Protective Services, along with two other children living in the residence.

In total, seven children, four adults and 31 animals lived in a home that was allegedly filled with trash and debris, with animal feces covering the floor. Snakes, dogs and cats, were picked up by Hesperia Code Enforcement.

Rice, her boyfriend Donald Cooper, 36, her brother Allen Rice, 26, and Ashley Kennedy, 21, were all arrested. They have been booked at Victor Valley Jail and West Valley Detention Center on charges of Cruelty to a Child.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Hesperia sheriff's station at 947-1500 or the anonymous WE-TIP line at (800) 782-7463.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.