Six children were taken into protective custody by York County authorities on Sunday after they were called to a Rock Hill home with no running water, little food and where all of the children had head lice.
York County sheriff’s deputies were called to a Porter Road home near Rock Hill on Sunday after they received an anonymous call to check on the children, ages 8 months to 8 years, and the living conditions.
A deputy met with the father, who allowed the deputy inside a home that smelled of garbage, urine and feces, according to a sheriff’s report.
The father told the deputy the home had not had running water for three or four weeks.
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The deputy observed stagnant water in a sink with dead insects, a portable, adult-sized potty in the kitchen being used by the father and the oldest son and a jug with liquid inside which the oldest child said was used to collect urine, a report said.
A college-sized refrigerator in the kitchen had “only a few sandwich food items” inside it, the report said. There were three half-full one-gallon jugs of water in the kitchen, and on a back porch several bags of trash collecting flies and two more bottles of urine.
The children in the home who were old enough to go to school were not enrolled, according to the father and the children’s grandfather, who also was living in the home with his girfrield, the report said.
A supervisor with the S.C. Department of Social Services was called to the home and stated the children could not stay in the home “with the living conditions provided,” the report said. DSS tried to contact relatives of the children, but none were available, so the children were taken into protective custody.
Officials later learned that all the children had head lice, only one outfit each and that some of the children had no shoes.
The mother of the children was incarcerated at the York County Prison Camp, the report said.
No charges have been filed.