Arnold family with disabled child faces eviction

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ARNOLD, MO (KTVI) – The family of a ten-year-old boy with numerous physical problems and surgery on the horizon face being evicted from their Jefferson County mobile home because of a maintenance dispute with the property manager.

Dallas Wallace, 10, suffers from Rubinstein–Taybi syndrome, which limits his growth and causes severe learning disabilities.  He also faces other problems.

“He does have to go under and have spinal surgery to have his spinal cord untethered,” according to his mother, Jennifer Wallace.  “He has developmental delays, feeding problems, all kinds of issues.”

And he and his family may soon be looking for a new place to live.

They currently reside in the Ozark Park Mobile Home Park in Arnold.  Their problems began in the summer when a hole formed in the kid’s bedroom inside the trailer.  It was the largest of a number of problems, including serious mold according to Wallace.  She says the property manager refused to do repairs.  Wallace says she did what she could, but reached her breaking point in April, when another hole formed in the floor of the bathroom.  Again she called the property manager, and she says she was rebuffed one more time.

“I said, ‘I have children, if something happens, you’re gonna be libel.’  She said, ‘We’ll see.’  I said, ‘We will see because I’m not going to pay you any more money until you come and just look at this stuff and fix it.  That’s all I’m asking you to do.’”

And there began the standoff which would last three months with Wallace paying no rent.  Then, last week, she received an eviction notice.  The property manager refused to appear on camera, but told FOX 2 at her door, Tuesday, “If you don’t pay the rent, you get evicted.”

She went on to accuse Wallace of causing the damage to the trailer after she stopped paying her rent.  Wallace denies the charge and produced photographs taken in July, prior to her stoppage of rent, where damage is visible.

“That’s not true. That’s false.  I had told her multiple times about the kids’ room.  And I told her about the bathroom several times as well, but she refused to come do it, to come fix it.  She refuses to even come look.”

Regardless, she now faces a December 3rd court date and could be thrown out of her home with her disabled son and another child.  It begs the question, why not simply pay the rent and avoid the risk to the kids?  That’s what we asked her.

“Well, I don’t mind paying the rent,” she responded.  “That’s fine, but I feel like why would I pay rent to live somewhere that’s not safe for my children?”