Parents charged after children injured in filthy home - WKRN News 2

Parents charged after children injured in filthy home

Posted: Updated: July 30, 2013 09:38 PM

A Giles County couple is facing serious charges after authorities say their two young children were discovered living in deplorable conditions.

It all started last Friday when the children, a four-year-old boy and his one-year-old sister, were admitted to the hospital with lacerations across their heads.  

The parents, identified as 24-year-old Christina Marks and 26-year-old David-Lee Robins, told the hospital staff that the children sustained the injuries after glass from a house window fell on them.

Hospital officials grew concerned and called authorities after receiving slightly different explanations on how the children were injured.

After several attempts of trying to gain access into the couple's mobile home, located in the 1900 block of Fall River Road in Goodsprings, about 10 miles south of Pulaski, deputies obtained a search warrant and executed it Tuesday evening.  

Upon entering the dwelling, deputies quickly noticed and smelled the filth the family had been living in for the last year.  

"There are feces on the wall," Lt. Shane Hunter said. "They've been urinating in a five gallon cat liter box. There's feces filled up half way through the commode with no running water. None."

He added, "It just infuriates me that somebody would have their children living in a condition like this."

Marks and Robins are each charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse/neglect and drug charges.

The couple said they blame the deplorable conditions of their home on their economic hardships.

"Poverty is poverty," Robins said.

However, Lt. Hunter did not believe that was an acceptable reason for the poor condition  of the home.

"I don't think that's acceptable. There are churches and organizations that are in this community that would have been more than willing to reach out and help this family," he said.

Both Marks and Robins remain jailed on $200,000 bonds.

Authorities said the siblings are staying with relatives.

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