Parents charged with felony child neglect after 3 children removed from Colonial Heights home

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Two people are facing felony child neglect charges after Child Protective Services removed three children from a home in Colonial Heights Wednesday morning.

Few details have been released at this time, but Deputy Commonwealth Ashley Henderson confirmed to 8News that Emily Hampton and Anthony Hampton were each charged with three counts of felony child neglect. Both are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning at Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Henderson could not speak on the conditions of the home, located in the 1400 block of Branders Bridge Road, or what led to the parents being charged.

A source in the Colonial Heights Police Department told 8News Wednesday the condition of the apartment “was some of the worse officers, even veteran officers, have seen.”

The source, who shared a photo of the residence with 8News, said both parents were charged with three counts of felony child neglect and the children were placed by Child Protective Services. Animal Control also removed three dogs and three cats from the apartment.

Emily Hampton’s brother, Thomas, told 8News off-camera Wednesday that he was shocked to hear the news.

“They’re good people and loving parents,” he said. “Hit a rough patch and they’re going to recover from it.”

Thomas said police informed him that the apartment was going to be condemned.

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