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'Deplorable' conditions lead to parents' arrest in Port St. Lucie, police say

Couple faces child neglect charges
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Posted at 3:03 PM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-08 21:28:46-04

Two adults are behind bars after Port Saint Lucie police say they found their children living in a home with feces, garbage and soiled clothing.

The house on SW Kolsted Street looks normal from the outside.  But inside police say they found some of the most deplorable conditions they’ve ever seen.

Photos show trash everywhere, feces littering the floor, dirty clothes on all the furniture and no running water in the house.

Officers working with the Florida Department of Children and Families found  both a 9 and 17-year-old  living inside.

Their parents, Khai Tran and Kim Nguyen, were arrested on two felony counts of child neglect.

According to an arrest report. Tran told officers his wife doesn't help around the house.

Police say the 9-year-old wasn’t in school and the 17-year-old had dropped out.

“It’s very serious because we’re concerned for the children, we're concerned for their welfare and their well-being and to make sure they are living in a condition where it’s suitable for children to thrive and grow and this was not that,” said Port St. Lucie Master Sergeant Frank Sabol.

DCF removed the children from the home and relocated them. Animal control officials removed three dogs as well.

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