Theodore Sykes and Jenetta Sykes
Courtesy Portsmouth Police Department
Updated: Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013, 3:50 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013, 3:37 PM EST
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Police say the living conditions inside of a Portsmouth home were bad enough to charge the parents of three young kids with child neglect.
According to Jan Clark with the Portsmouth Police Department, police were dispatched to a home in the 80 block of Decatur Street Jan. 19 for a living conditions reference call.
When police arrived to the home, Clark said they found an adult man with three children aged 2, 7 and 8. The man was not related to the children, and officers found animal waste throughout the home.
Clark said a dog was found roaming inside of the house and another was inside of a crate too small for its size.
The home had not had running water for approximately a week.
The parents of the children, 29-year-old Theodore Sykes and 29-year-old Jenetta Sykes were charged with three counts each of felony child neglect.
Clark said the children were removed from the home and taken to another location by a family member.
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