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Children found living in human and animal waste

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (Brad Underwood) -- We are learning more tonight about the deplorable conditions a local family was living in.

Police found an elderly woman and two children in a Latonia Lakes home is a situation so bad that the woman who took care of them is now charged with abuse.  29-year-old Christina Kurtz is charged with two counts of child abuse. 

Police say they took Kurtz's 89-year-old grandmother to the hospital and the state is watching her two young children for the time being.

Police describe the living conditions as some of the worst they've seen and smelled.  Inside the Kurtz home it doesn't appear to be that bad.  A little messy but livable.  What you can't experience at the home is the putrid smell of human and animal urine and feces.

"The bed was covered in urine and feces, much of the furniture in the house was in that same condition.  This is furniture the children would sleep, play on.  The floors were covered," Det. Andrew Schieberg of the Kenton County Police said.

Robert Lile says he lives in the basement.  His mother is the 89-year-old woman that was taken to the hospital.  His niece is the woman in jail.  Lile says he's lived in the home among animal and human waste for more than a year.

"After awhile you get used to it.  It's sickening, like I said I usually live downstairs.  What goes on up here is a different story," he said.

Animal control took 13 dogs from the home that now are being cared for at the Kenton County Animal Shelter.

In Kentucky, not reporting child abuse is a crime.  At the moment, Christina Kurtz is the only member of the family under arrest.  She could face additional criminal charges regarding the child abuse.  Investigators are also looking at filing animal abuse charges against her.

As for the reason police were there in the first place, they were assisting officers with the Department of Corrections looking for a wanted person.  Lile says police were looking for the boyfriend of Christina Kurtz. 

According to police the man they were looking for has not been caught.

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