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Originally published Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:04 AM

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Parents of boys in filthy home returning to court

Parents charged with keeping their four young boys in a squalid Denver apartment are scheduled to enter pleas during an arraignment hearing.


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DENVER —

Parents charged with keeping their four young boys in a squalid Denver apartment are scheduled to enter pleas during an arraignment hearing.

Wayne Sperling and Lorinda Bailey are scheduled to appear in Denver District Court Thursday on charges of felony child abuse.

The boys, ages 2 to 6, were removed from their parents' home in October. Court documents say the children could communicate only in grunts, were malnourished and weren't toilet-trained.

Authorities said the family's apartment was full of cat feces and flies.

Police and social services began investigating when Bailey took the youngest boy to a hospital for a cut on his forehead.

A doctor informed authorities that the child was unwashed and smelled like cigarette smoke, prompting a welfare check by a human services case worker.



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