SPOTSYLVANIA, VA—Eight children were taken into protective custody, and two adults face felony charges after authorities said the children were found living in unsanitary conditions.
Police said the eight children were taken into protective custody and turned over to their grandmothers, after a child was found naked, wandering in a parking lot.
A two-year-girl girl was found Sunday wandering in the parking of a WaWa convenience store located at 10704 Courthouse Rd., police said.
The child was able to identify her home, which was located near the convenience store, according to authorities.
Deputies said they immediately noticed a strong odor of rotten food and animal waste when they entered the home.
In addition to the two-year-old child, seven other children were found in the home, police said. The children ranged in age from seven months to 16-years-old.
Rotten food was found in and around the kitchen, and animal waste was found in several areas of the home, police said.
Due to the condition of the home, the two-year-old found wandering without clothes and the sanitary condition of the other children in the home, a Crimes Against Children detective and a Child Protective Services worker responded to the home.
All eight children were taken into protective custody and turned over to their grandmothers, police said.
Crystal Dawn Craig, 29, of Spotsylvania, was charged with three counts of felony child neglect.
Amy Elizabeth Lam, 38, of Spotsylvania, was charged with five counts of felony child neglect.
Both Craig and Lam are being held without bond. Three of the children belonged to Craig; five children belonged to Lam.
The Sheriff's Office Animal Control division also responded and took custody of seven dogs (2 males, 2 females and 3 puppies) and two kittens. Amy Lam was charged with failure to maintain her premises in a sanitary condition and duties of an owner to provide food and water.
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