The parents of three malnourished and feces-soiled children have been arrested by the Franklin County sheriff’s office.
Kimberly Powell, 26, and Andrew Powell, 25, were charged with three counts each of first-degree criminal abuse of children, police said.
The investigation into the Powell family began on July 15 when police responded to a call made to the Franklin County social services hotline, said Sheriff Pat Melton in a Tuesday news conference.
Upon entering the Powell home at 5134 Georgetown Road, trailer park lot 81, police found the three children—ages 2,4 and 6—subjected to “cruel confinement,” Melton said.
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“[The parents] neglected to provide the children with adequate medical care, supervision, food, clothing,” Melton said. “[The children] were routinely locked in a bedroom alone, with a shoe string tied around a door knob and tied to a screw on the door frame.”
The Powell home was bug infested and smelled of urine and human feces, which was caked on the children ages 2 and 4, Melton said. Feces was also found under their fingernails.
The children were taken into custody by child protective services. The parents were given a family plan they would need to complete before their children could be returned, Melton said in a subsequent phone interview. The two did not complete the plan.
The pair were arrested Tuesday and taken to the Franklin County Regional Jail. Their bonds were set at $25,000 each.
Melton would not comment on whether the parents had been arrested before and why the children were living in such poor conditions. Melton called the parents “very irresponsible.”