Laurel Co. parents accused of letting kids live in filthy house

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Deputies arrested a couple accused of letting their children live in filth.

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office made the discovery Tuesday night on Blue Grass Road.

"The place looked like a bomb went off in it, " Deputy Gilbert Acciardo said.

Rebecca and Michael Brown are charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

Social services placed the three children in the care of the neighbor, then the kids were sent to stay with their grandparents.

The sheriff's office and the Department of Social Services went to the home to investigate a complaint about unfit living conditions. Deputies tell us they found dirty clothes, trash, rotten food and dried dog waste on the kitchen floor. Deputies say dirty dishes had rotten food and mold forming on them. We're told the house was also full of flies and roaches. One of the deputies described it as the worst house he'd ever been in.

"Deputies that were on the scene, there were three of them, every one of them had never seen anything quite like this before," Acciardo said.

Friends and neighbors say they've never been inside, but the state of the home is not a reflection on who the Browns are.

"They talk about the condition of the house and things but when it comes to someone loving their children, I don't think, in my eyes, there's a parent in this world that could love their children more than those two right there," a family friend said.

The couple was in district court this morning and pleaded not guilty.

Their bond is set at $2,500 each under the condition of no contact with children unless social services is present.

A pre-trial conference will be held on August 26th.

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