- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

CLINTON, Ind. (AP) - The parents and grandparents of four children, ages 2-8, face neglect charges they were found living in filth and locked in rooms with covered windows, western Indiana authorities said Friday.

The Vermillion County Prosecutor’s Office charged each of the adults with four counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury. All were being held at the county jail outside Newport.

The three boys and a girl were removed from the home Oct. 19 after the Indiana Department of Child Services received an anonymous tip, Indiana State Police said. The children “all appeared to be malnourished, unclean, and in need of possible medical attention,” police said in a news release.

The children were treated at hospitals and released Oct. 23 to foster parents. Before their removal, the children had not left the home in more than a year, authorities said.

“Investigators found the home appeared generally dirty, disheveled, windows covered or boarded, and what appeared to be human and animal feces spread about,” police said.

The parents admitted to locking the 8-year-old, whom they believed to be autistic, in his room and letting him out every couple of hours, court documents said.

The family has lived in the home for nearly two years and the children were believed to have received little or no routine medical care or education, police said. The grandparents had been living in the home for about a year after losing their home in foreclosure, The Daily Clintonian reported.

A special needs man, the uncle of the children, also was living in the home and has been placed is in the custody of Adult Protective Services, police said. Numerous cats were removed from the home by the Parke-Vermillion Humane Society.

Clinton City Code Enforcement Officer Peggy Palmer inspected and condemned the residence on Oct. 22, the newspaper reported.

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