WOODRUFF (AP) — Seven adults face child neglect charges in upstate South Carolina after 15 children were removed from a dirty, trash-strewn doublewide mobile home where 24 people lived.
Area media outlets report the adults were charged Wednesday after Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputies came to the home in Woodruff to investigate allegations of sexual abuse.
The children, ranging in age from a few months old to age 13, were taken into protective custody by the state Department of Social Services.
The adults were released on personal recognizance bonds Wednesday evening and told to have no contact with the children.
“Someone needs to move,” Magistrate Judge Dwight Smith said during a bond hearing as he read the same address for each person charged.
The judge said that those charged would be given personal recognizance bonds because no one had a criminal record. Each faces 10 years in prison if convicted.
The judge said because the children were in protective in custody they are not in danger.
A report from the Sheriff’s Office said investigators found animal feces, urine, medicine bottles and unsecured guns in the house. The report said that six of the kids were also playing in an above-ground pool that was green with algae because it had not been cleaned.
Lt. Kevin Bobo of the sheriff’s office said the investigation into allegations of sexual abuse is continuing.
The sheriff’s report said the investigation began after a school district child advocacy attorney emailed deputies about possible abuse of children inside the home.
Seven adults charged as 15 kids removed from SC home