Franklin Co. Sheriff: Abuse case the worst he's seen

Andrew and Kimberly Powell both face three counts each of criminal abuse. They are being held in the Franklin County Regional Jail.
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Kimberly Powell, 26, and Andrew Powell, 25, are in the Franklin County Regional Jail following an indictment by a grand jury.

The couple faces three counts each of criminal abuse in a case the Franklin County Sheriff describes as one of the worst he's ever seen.

"Just very, very deplorable conditions, with feces and urine - from humans - not animals, from humans," Sheriff Melton said. "So - tough case."

Deputies went to the home located in the Capital Mobile Home Park on July 15 after reports were made to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Sheriff Pat Melton says the windows to the home were covered with black plastic material. Inside, Melton says there was a strong odor of feces and urine, in addition to bugs crawling all over the walls and counters. There were also dark stains on the mattresses, according to police.

Deputies say they found three children in the home, ages 2, 4, and 6, who were extremely malnourished. According to Sheriff Melton, they had caked feces on their hands.

Sheriff Melton says the kids were routinely locked inside a bedroom alone. Melton said that the Powells would tie string to a nail in the wall before wrapping it around the doorknob, making sure it would stay shut.

According to the sheriff's office, the two and four year old kids were in soiled diapers. Sheriff Melton says all of the kids have developmental delays. Melton said it had been several years since they had seen doctors.

Those children were removed from the home on that day, Sheriff Melton said. A Franklin County grand jury indicted their parents on abuse charges on Monday.

Relatives at the home on Tuesday evening did not want to speak to WKYT's Garrett Wymer.

Folks who live nearby were upset to hear what the kids they have seen playing nearby may have been going through.

"It breaks my heart," said Pamela Turner. "I want to cry right now. Because I feel so bad for them children."

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