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2 jailed for mistreating mom, pets

A Clinton Street man and woman have been arrested and jailed after allegedly forcing the woman's mother to live in squalor, mistreating two dogs and illegally possessing loaded firearms, Buffalo police said Friday.

Shawn Baker, 36, and Jennifer N. Cheman, 30, both of 1334 Clinton, are being held on weapons and aggravated cruelty to animal charges.

Cheman also is charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent person for allegedly forcing her mother to live in deplorable conditions at the Clinton Street address.

Cheman was accused of forcing her mother, who was taken to the Erie County Medical Center for evaluation, to live in an unclean flat filled with dog feces and urine.

The two were arrested by Police Officers Kathleen Disarno, Kevin Brautchlacht and Johathan Clemons at about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The couple's two dogs were taken by Buffalo animal control workers and Baker and the younger Cheman were both charged with unlawful possession of a loaded 45-caliber Colt pistol and a pistol-grip shotgun in one of two flats at the residence.

According to police reports, State Supreme Court Justice Paula L. Feroleto ordered a search of the flats based on claims the elderly Cheman was being forced to live in the allegedly rodent-infested flat without heat or water and with the floors covered in dog feces and urine.

Officer allegedly found that the two dogs living in the residence had chewed holes in walls and a door.