Authorities have charged four adults after police found 12 people, including six children, living in squalid conditions in a rural North Norwich home.
The Chenango County Sheriff's Office says deputies and employees of the Department of Social Services' Child Protection Unit found the children living in unsanitary conditions in a home at a trailer park in North Norwich, which is about 45 miles southeast of Syracuse.
Sheriff Ernest Cutting told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon that there were six adults and six children living in the trailer, which had a collapsed roof. The family owned two trailers and appeared to be primarily living in the one that is in the worst condition. County code enforcement inspectors have condemned both of the trailers.
The children, ages 9 to 17, were removed from the home and placed with relatives. Cutting says two of the kids were found naked when police arrived at the home.
Seven dogs living in another trailer were taken to a local animal shelter.
Cutting says four of the six adults are charged in the case. Normal Hebert, Barbara Hebert, Norman Fuller, and Stacy Cox are each charged with misdemeanor child endangerment and animal cruelty.
Cutting says the family was able to conceal their lifestyle by putting sheets on the windows and doors.
A neighbor, Wilson Hatton, described the family as good neighbors but admitted that they were living in unsanitary conditions
The investigation is continuing and the Chenango County District Attorneyâ??s Office is now involved in the case.
(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)