Smell helps police find children living in filthy Lawrenceburg home

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - Charges have been filed against an Anderson County couple, accused of allowing children to live in filth. Police arrested Anna Mauer and Michael Hutchens and charged them with two counts of wanton endangerment each.

The whole situation started when a patrol officer driving by the home on Beth Drive in Lawrenceburg noticed a bad smell. Police checked it out and say they found conditions that were unacceptable for the two children living in the home.

"Extremely bad. I've been an officer eight years and it's probably one of the worst I've sen as far as living conditions," says Sergeant Les Vogt with the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

"It was terrible living conditions. There was two adults and one juvenile. They were taken out of the home,"

Police wouldn't elaborate on what the conditions were, but The Anderson News reported there were dead animals inside. Mauer and Hutchens were taken to the Shelby County Detention Center. The two children are in the care of protective services. Police say it's always a good idea for neighbors to be vigilant for possible endangerment cases.

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