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Death investigation leads to disturbing discovery in Lexington hotel room


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Police say it all started Wednesday morning when someone called 911 for help with someone who was unresponsive. They say that person died, two others are at UK Hospital being treated for malnourishment and police have opened a possible abuse/neglect investigation.

Around 8:30 Wednesday morning, a clerk at the Knight's Inn on Stanton Way said a man came in to the office saying he needed to call 911 because his son had been having seizures.

"I seen the coroner, the fire truck, the ambulance, and a bunch of cops," said Erin Hacker, who was staying in a room nearby.

Police say when they got to the room, they found a 25-year-old man dead, the Fayette County Coroner's Office says that was due to natural causes. They say there was at least one parent in the room along with two developmentally-disabled adult children, who were malnourished.

"I seen two ambulances take two young boys in their twenties. They took them out of their room. They looked very sick," said Hacker.

Emergency workers took those two to UK Hospital and police say they've opened an investigation into if abuse or neglect took place. A clerk at the Knight's Inn said the people had been staying at the hotel since the beginning of the month.

"I didn't even know there was boys in that room. I never seen them. The only one I seen was the woman, the older woman that drove the van. Every time I seen her, she only had food for one person," said Hacker.

Police said it's not clear whether criminal charges will come from the investigation.


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