4 young kids found living in squalor, Denver police say

DENVER A Denver couple has been arrested after, police say, their four young children were found living in filth.

CBS Denver station KCNC-TV reports that Wayne Sperling, 66, and Lorinda Bailey, 36, are facing charges of felony child abuse.

Prosecutors say the children, ages 2, 4, 5 and 6, were found in an apartment. They say the children were malnourished and surrounded by feces.

The children could not speak and a medical report later showed they were also not toilet trained, KCNC says.

Police say the children appeared to be non-verbal and made infant-like noises to each other.

Officers say the smell coming out of the couple's apartment was unbearable. They got involved when one of the children was taken to the hospital for a cut and the doctor noticed the child needed a bath.

"The hallway was as dirty probably as the inside of their house," Richard Lucero, whose brother lives in the building, told KCNC.

According to an arrest report, officers found "one to two inches of cat feces both old and new under the children's bunk bed." The wood floor was also "soaked with cat urine." It also says the floors of the apartment were littered with live and dead flies.

"I noticed they used to leave the window open and the kids were always looking out the shades," Lucero said.

Sperling and Bailey are being held on 5,000 bond and are scheduled for a court appearance Tuesday. The children are in protective care.

"They should have taken those kids away a long time ago," Lucero observed.

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