Parents charged after children found in filthy conditions at Antioch home

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Dead cockroaches in the refrigerator, soiled mattresses and no running water. Those are just some of the filthy conditions at least two children were found living in Monday at a home in Antioch, Metro police say.

Aviles Bernado, 31, and Penny Pinegar, 39, were both charged with two counts of child abuse on a child six years or younger and child endangerment.

Metro police were called Monday to the family’s home on Andrea Court to check on the welfare of the children living there.

When officers arrived, they spoke with Bernado, the father of the children, about the conditions of the home and the children not being in school.

Bernado, also known as Bernardo Ugarta, informed officers that he was unable to pay the water bill so the water had been shut off but he would take the children to shower on the weekends, police stated.

Police said the children had rotten teeth, dishes were piled up in the sink with flies all around them, the home smelled of bleach and urine and the toilets were overflowing with urine and feces.

The children were asked if they had eaten and they stated they did not have breakfast but had cupcakes for lunch, officers said.

While officers were at the home, they said Pinegar, the mother of the children, returned with barbecue for her and Bernado but no food for the children.

The Department of Children’s Services was called in and the children were placed with a relative.

Pinegar reportedly told officers she already had two cases with DCS in reference to her other children.

A court date for Bernado and Pinegar was set for Wednesday.

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