Couple's kids to live with aunt

CHESTER -- A Chester couple charged with neglect after their sons were found living among feces, maggots and soiled toilet paper earlier this year won a court victory Wednesday when a judge agreed to let the two boys live with a relative.

Family Court Judge Joseph McGowan granted Tamara and Danny Dove's request to allow Tamara Dove's sister to provide foster care for the boys under the supervision of the Department of Social Services, Detective Cathie Bell of the Chester County Sheriff's Office said.

While the boys will live with their aunt in Lancaster County, the Doves can't visit their sons whenever they desire, Bell said.

"The Department of Social Services still maintains custody of the boys," Bell said after court. "They will still set up supervised visitation for the parents."

The boys, ages 8 and 5, should be relocated from their Lowcountry home to their aunt's home within two weeks, Bell said.

The boys started school this year. The younger child is "up to par" with his peers, while the older child still suffers from a speech impairment, Bell said.

The move means they will change schools and adapt to a new environment, she said.

The boys have been in DSS custody for nearly six months. In May, police searched the Doves' home and seized gambling machines and 10 pills of the drug Lortab in a home officials described as "deplorable" and "nasty." Authorities originally placed Tamara Dove in protective custody. In June, they charged her with two counts of neglect.

In recent months, Danny Dove told The Herald that he signed up for parenting classes as part of a DSS treatment plan. Dove has not yet attended any parenting class, Bell said Wednesday.

Danny Dove's attorney, Pete Diamaduros, and Tamara Dove's attorney, Robert Fitz Simmons, couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.

After court on Wednesday, Tamara Dove turned herself into authorities to face three assault charges stemming from an alleged incident earlier this month. Three arrest warrants note that she threatened two women and a man with physical harm Oct. 13.

A police report states Tamara Dove came to the B&S Convenience Store on Great Falls Highway and threatened to burn the bar down. The report also notes that Dove struck one of the women twice on her arm during the argument.

She was released on bond Wednesday, an official from the Chester County Sheriff's Office said.

Her court date was not available, the official said.