Police arrest Rowan Co. father for wanton endangerment

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(WKYT) - Kentucky State Police have arrested a Rowan County man accused of leaving his nine children in deplorable conditions.

State police say they found Johnathan Prater, 34, in a Mt. Sterling hospital on Thursday morning. He was receiving medical treatment for a fall.

Prater and the children's mother, Edith Strange, 35, are charged with wanton endangerment. Police say a total of nine children, ranging from two-months-old to 17-years-old had no food.

A neighbor says some of them often walked half a mile to her home to ask for water. The neighbor says the house the kids were living in didn't have any electricity or water.

Police say the two-month-old and another child had to be treated for malnutrition and dehydration. The two-month-old also had to be treated for hypothermia. Four other children were also treated and released.

Prater is lodged in the Montgomery County Detention Center.

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