BEREA, Ky. (TCD) — A couple faces charges after allegedly locking multiple children in a bedroom without adequate nourishment.
According to a news release from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, deputies responded to a home on Harrison King Lane to a report of possible animal neglect. WLEX-TV reports that at the scene, a deputy noticed a smell that almost made him vomit.
There were reportedly malnourished dogs outside the home.
According to the sheriff’s office, 30-year-old George Hill and 31-year-old Samantha Hill allegedly locked five kids “in a bedroom for extended periods of time with limited food, water and without restroom breaks.”
The couple was charged with five counts of first-degree criminal abuse and five counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment. They were booked into the Madison County Detention Center on Thursday, Nov. 9.
According to WLEX, the Hills appeared in court on Monday, Nov. 13, and pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The investigation is ongoing.
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