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Adults and babies are discovered living in bug-infested squalor

BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WTRF) - It's one of the worst cases officials in Belmont County say they've ever seen.

Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas says five adults are in jail and two babies have been taken by Children's Services, after they were found living in bug-infested squalor.

They say two young mothers, one young father and a middle-aged couple who owned the trailer were living with two babies--both under the age of one year--suffering from apparent bug bites.

They rushed the babies to the emergency room, and hauled the adults to jail.

"I mean when you walked, the bugs ran away from where you walked," said Sheriff Lucas. "You know, parents and property owners out there, if you're going to allow people to live in this condition, I'll make you a promise. We will come after you. And we will take the kids."

The sheriff said 18-year-old Brittany McEndree, 21-year-old Jason Frazer and 21-year-old Maggie Gray are each charged with two counts of endangering children, and held under $10,000 bond.

The couple who are the property owners, Paul and Kathy Jo McEndree, both 41, are facing the same charges of child endangerment plus charges of animal cruelty, involving a lack of care for their two pet cats.

Sheriff Lucas says the trailer, at Presidential Estates Trailer Park in Bridgeport, may have to be destroyed.

He says it all came to light thanks to an anonymous tip.


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