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Parents charged with keeping filthy house for 10 children

Abuse charges are pending against the parents of 10 children after they did not clean their home.

Julian and Kimberly Jackson, both 37, of 214 Pendleton St., were charged Monday with one count each of second-degree criminal abuse.

According to court documents, Winchester Police responded after two juveniles were found unattended and brought to the Winchester Fire Department Monday morning.

“They were found wandering by the Throughbred Apartments,” Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said, but wouldn’t say or didn’t know where they lived.

The parents were found sleeping at home and did not know two children had walked away, Hall said.

When they were interviewed at the police department, the parents gave detectives permission to go to the residence on Pendleton Street and to speak to the children.

The house, detectives said, was in “deplorable conditions.”

Old and dried-out food was found on the floor and in several other locations. The shower was filled with bags of clothes. There were bugs flying around a room where two children were still sleeping, detectives said.

There was trash piled around the only toilet in the residence as well, including used diapers.

The oldest children told officers they had not had a shower in a week and a half.

Kimberly Jackson told police the shower broke a week ago, and no one had showered since. The youngest children received baths with a cloth, she said. Kimberly Jackson said she also turned down an offer from her mother for everyone to shower at her house.

Julian Jackson told police they had been dealing with an insect issue over the last month, and said no one had showered since May 1.

Both said they understood the police’s concern about the living conditions.

The nine juvenile children were all placed in foster care, Hall said, and the Jacksons were cited to appear in court.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0051.

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