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Sumter Co. kids found living in "disgusting" conditions

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By Tim Pulliam - email

SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Sumter County deputies say they found three children living in a dismal, dank and disgusting condition. The children in the home, are no longer living with their mother, and are now in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

From the stovetop to the floor, deputies found garbage everywhere. A mother lived there with her three kids, ages 8, 9 and 10. That changed when Sumter authorities saw and smelled what was going on inside.

Deputies found out about the situation through an anonymous 911 call.  The person said three children were living in dirty conditions off Nazarene Church Road.

Once inside, deputies noticed the home was hot, with only one light working and no running water. Officers say they found the children sleeping in the bathroom on a dirty mattress.

The filthy images disgusted Sheriff Anthony Dennis. "One of the worst conditions I've ever seen," he said.

Dennis says the 32-year-old mother is being investigated for unlawful conduct towards children charges. We stopped by the home, but no one answered.

Dennis is glad someone alerted authorities. "Any time you have information of this subject such case like this, contact law enforcement as soon as possible," he said.

The children are reportedly in good condition. The oldest child is staying with a relative, and the two younger children are in foster care.

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