Update: Parents of boys in filthy home plead not guilty

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Two parents charged with keeping their four young boys in a filthy Denver apartment have both pleaded not guilty to felony child abuse charges.

Wayne Sperling and Lorinda Bailey arrived separately for their arraignment on Thursday in Denver. They stood before the judge, separated by their two lawyers, and they did not speak to each other during the hearing.

The case is not headed to trial anytime soon. Defense attorneys and prosecutors will discuss motions at a hearing on April 18.

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.

A doctor told authorities one of the children reeked of cigarette smoke, prompting a welfare check.

Updated at 12:55 PM
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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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