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Two Arrested On Child Neglect Charges

Reported: May. 21, 2014 5:26 PM EDT
Updated: May. 22, 2014 3:06 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Dan Matics) -- A couple were arrested Wednesday after troopers said the conditions they had their children living in were deplorable.

Kenneth Hutchinson and Keli Gartin are facing child neglect charges.

The couple's two 8 year olds are now in Child Protective Services.

Carlos Crozier lives in the area and said there is no excuse.

"It's a travesty," Crozier said. "It's ridiculous how some people let there kids live in squalor."

Troopers said neighbors called police complaining of a smell. Police said they originally questioned the couple about whether they were cooking meth, but once inside they realized the ammonia smell was coming from dog urine. The home was filled with thousands of flies and gnats. Police also said the laundry room had piles of dog feces.

"The parents need to be beaten," Crozier said. "No reason for the kids to be living in that situation."



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