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Photos show filthy home where children lived before death

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The two children who died after being left in a hot car were living in deplorable conditions, photographs obtained by the Channel 4 I-Team show.

The Channel 4 I-Team has also obtained a La Vergne police report from September 29, 2011, where someone complained that the two children were left outside while their mother, Samantha Harper, slept.

When Savanna Harper, 2, and Daniel Harper, 3, were left in a hot car in the driveway of the family's home in Smyrna on Thursday and later died, police said their mother was asleep.

The photographs, taken by the Smyrna codes department, show the home at 9584 Old Nashville Hwy. in Smyrna was filled with trash and food.

Smyrna codes department condemned the house Thursday.

A report from the codes department read that maggots and flies were found in the home.

One photograph shows a soiled diaper on the floor among trash in the house.

Other photographs show a child's desk propped up on trash and food, a wall partially collapsed and children's toys lying in the debris and a kitchen with food and dishes piled up.

Another photograph shows a dirty toilet, and the codes report questions if the toilet worked.

On her Facebook page, Harper wrote that she didn't like to do dishes and needed a dishwasher.

"The only downside she had was she didn't keep the house clean. She let the kids eat all over the place. She didn't care. She played with the kids," said Estella Shipp, Harper's relative.

One photograph shows a smashed window and the air conditioning wasn't working, according to Smyrna's codes department.

Police said the house was at least 90 degrees when they arrived Thursday.

"She don't have air conditioning. She just has two window units. She don't keep a clean house. But that don't mean her children aren't loved, you know?" Shipp said.

According to the 2011 police report, Harper and her two children were living at a home in La Vergne.

Police said they found Savanna playing with a screwdriver while her mother slept.

Officers referred to the home as a "hazard to children" because of the mess inside and referred the case to DSC.

A DSC spokeswoman confirmed they investigated the case but would not comment on if they took any action.

Harper was not charged in that incident.

The Channel 4 I-Team's Kimberly Curth is investigating this story and will have the latest tonight after the Olympics.

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