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NKY parents sentenced after 4-year-old found in ‘reprehensible’ conditions

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 4:51 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2021 at 4:53 AM EDT
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BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - The parents of a 4-year-old boy found locked in a bedroom in what the Boone County Sheriff’s Office calls “deplorable and reprehensible” conditions were sentenced to seven years in jail Wednesday on criminal abuse charges.

However, Troy Caseltine, 44, and Susan Caseltine, 40, were placed on probation and given credit for time served.

Deputies arrested the couple back in May after receiving reports of abuse and neglect at their Ashford Drive home in Florence.

According to the sheriff’s office, the boy was locked inside a bedroom for about 15 hours daily.

Investigators said at the time the room where the boy was held was full of human feces on the walls and ceiling, a potty-training mat where the boy was to sleep, holes in the wall, and trash and food on the floor.

Outside of the 15-hour confinement, the Caseltines allowed the boy to be out of the bedroom but would place him back in if he experienced an “outburst”, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The Caseltines stated that the child remained locked in the bedroom to prevent any distractions while the other children in the home virtually attended school,” the sheriff’s office said in a May news release.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) responded to the residence.

They immediately removed the child and other children and placed them in foster care, according to the sheriff’s office.

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