SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg police say three children were found living in a condemned property on North Forest Street after an officer responded to a domestic violence call.
Police say the house was cold, smelled of mildew and didn’t have running water.
In two areas of the house, ceilings had caved in and water was dripping from the caved-in ceiling.
Police say two known homeless people were sitting on the couch.
There were several dirty clothes thrown all over the house and one bathroom had feces in the toilet and the floor area was damp with some type of moisture, according to police.
Police say there were cockroaches crawling around everywhere and the kitchen had dirty dished piled in the sink and to the side of the sink.
Another room had two mattresses on the floor where three kids slept, according to the report.
The children were taken into protective custody.
Police say they spoke to their caretaker months ago about the kids coming to school with dirty clothes and having an odor.
The officer said they knew that the youngest child’s teacher had given him baths at the school, changed his diaper, and clothes before.
The officer and the teacher had taken the kids clothes and hygiene items as Christmas gifts.
Stacy Hefner, 38, and Brian Hefner, 35, are each charged with three counts of child neglect.
According to online jail records, Stacy Hefner was booked and released from jail on Wednesday, Feb. 15, while Brian Hefner was booked into jail on Sunday, Feb. 19. He remained in custody as of Monday.