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NKY parents arrested after 4-year-old found living in ‘deplorable conditions’, sheriff’s office says

Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 12:14 PM EDT
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BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - The parents of a 4-year-old found locked in a bedroom and living in deplorable conditions have been arrested, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) responded Monday, May 10 to a home on the 1300 block of Ashford Drive after receiving a report of abuse and neglect.

They said the CHFS immediately removed the 4-year-old boy from the home and initiated a criminal investigation.

Detectives arrested the parents, Troy Caseltine, 44, and Susan Caseltine, 40, both of Florence.

According to the sheriff’s office, the boy was locked inside a bedroom for approximately 15 hours each day.

Investigators said the room 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.

“The abused and neglected child at times, during the day, would be locked in his room for upwards of 15 hours and those deplorable and reprehensible conditions included human feces being scattered on the walls and on the ceilings. A mat that the child slept on. A potty training mat that the child used. Trash and food on the floors,” Lt. Philip Pidgell with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said.

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”, deputies said.

“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 news release.

Both parents were charged with one count of criminal abuse and are being held on a $500,000 bond.

They cannot contact the juvenile victim.

The remaining children were removed from the home and placed with a foster family.

The parents are scheduled to appear in court on Monday, May 24.

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