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Denver Couple Held Over Boys Living In Filth
A Denver couple have been arrested after police found their four small children living in filth, with an "unbearable" smell of decomposing animals and urine at their home.
The four boys - aged two, four, five and six - were not toilet-trained and had no schooling of any kind, according to an arrest affidavit.
All four boys have been placed in protective care and have undergone hospital exams that found them to be non-verbal - communicating mainly with infant-like noises - and malnourished.
Their parents, Wayne Sperling , 66, and Lorinda Bailey, 35, are charged with child abuse and are due to appear in court later.
The couple had already pleaded guilty in June 2009 to misdemeanour child abuse, news reports said.
The current investigation started after the youngest boy was taken to hospital and the doctor noticed the child needed a bath, according to local station KCNC-TV.
According to the affidavit, when officers went to their home they found "one to two inches of cat faeces, both old and new, under the children's bunk bed", the station reported.
The floor was "soaked with cat urine" and littered with live and dead flies.
Bailey said she did not think the apartment was unsafe and denied the boys had any developmental problems.
The woman had reportedly been living alone in a separate unit of the building for the past two months, but she said she still saw the children almost every day.
Sperling said he was unemployed and has been the boys' primary guardian, saying he planned to begin home-schooling the six-year-old.