Texas police have arrested a married couple and alleged that they forced their nine children to live in a squalid and unhealthy household, as reported by Chron.
Daniel Bell, 53, and Sabrina Bell, 38, have each been charged with one count of criminally negligent child endangerment, a felony, according to Montgomery County Jail records.
All told, the couple has nine children. Police got involved after multiple neighbors interfered on their behalf, fearing for the safety of the kids, the oldest being just 10. They allegedly told police that they hadn’t seen the children in “an extended period of time,” according to KHOU.
A search warrant was issued for the residence and, upon entering, deputies were met with filth and squalor.
“Large amounts of trash. Food trash, mold, mildew, things along those lines,” said Chief Deputy Constable Matt Rodrigue. “It’s just not the place you would want anyone living, much less several children.”
“It was quite deplorable.”
The youngest child, who is just 13-months-old, was rushed to Texas Children’s Hospital, though authorities have not announced the reason for the hospital visit.
The eight remaining children have all been placed in foster care. Child Protective Services spokeswoman Tejal Patel said the family has a history with the agency, but did not give any specific information.
“They were talkative. Some were more withdrawn than others, but as of right now, we’re doing the best we can to take care of them and give them the most comfort and support as possible,” Rodrigue told WTXL.
Daniel and Sabrina Bell are being detained on $50,000 bail each. Police believe they will face further charges as the investigations continues. It is unknown if the married couple has obtained legal counsel.
[Featured Image: Montgomery County Jail]