Children removed from 'deplorable' home

The parents of three Rock Hill children were arrested Thursday morning and charged with neglect after authorities discovered their home was infested with roaches, garbage and pet feces, police said.

The names of the couple, a 30-year-old male and a 25-year-old female, are not being published to protect the identity of their children. The children, ages 7, 5 and 1, were placed in emergency protective custody Thursday, said Lt. Jerry Waldrop of the Rock Hill Police Department.

"There were conditions in the home that were deplorable," Waldrop said. "It was beyond belief. It was totally unsatisfactory for the children to be there."

The investigation began last month when the two oldest children were sent home from school with "massive" head lice, a police report states. The Department of Social Services and police inspected the Stonewall Street home and found piles of garbage, dirty clothes and dirty dishes, the report states. Investigators also observed dirt-covered floors and walls and a roach infestation inside, according to the report. Waldrop said a dog also lived in the home, and its feces were scattered inside.

The arrests follow a similar incident in Chester County in May when Danny and Tammy Dove, both of Chester, were arrested after police said they found the couple's two young sons living among feces and maggots at their home. The Doves agreed to a treatment plan last month that allows for supervised visits with their children in hopes that they will one day regain custody.

Waldrop said both parents in Rock Hill's incident are being held at the Rock Hill Police Department, each facing one count of unlawful neglect of a child. Neither parent has a criminal record, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. The father also faces contempt of court charges after allegedly not cooperating with a judge in court Thursday, Waldrop said.