- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A northwestern New Jersey couple faces child endangerment charges for allegedly exposing to two young children to numerous decomposed animals at their home.

Warren County prosecutors say the charges against 36-year-old Chad Lloyd and 23-year-old Kimberly Brown, of Independence Township, stem from an investigation that began after several pigs were found running loose in their neighborhood last week.

Authorities determined the couple owned the pigs.

But when they went to their home to return the pigs, they allegedly found “numerous animals” in various states of decomposition. Authorities also said the children - ages 3 and 10 - had access to “various deceased animals,” some of which were found near the home.

Prosecutors say the couple also had failed to provide the children with adequate heat and hot water since February. They did not specify the relationship between the couple and the two children, saying only that couple had the “legal duty” to care for them.

A telephone number for Lloyd has been disconnected, while a number for Brown could not be located. They could both face 20 years in prison if convicted on both counts.

It wasn’t known Tuesday if either Lloyd or Brown had retains lawyers.

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