Crimetracker: Wartburg parents charged with child abuse, neglect due to filthy living conditions

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WARTBURG, Tenn. (WVLT)-- A warrant for theft leads to a disturbing find inside one Wartburg home.

Authorities removed two children ages 3 and 6 last week due to "deplorable" living conditions.

According to Sheriff Glen Freytag, deputies assisted Wartburg Police in serving the warrant at the home on Russell Laymance Road.

"It was really a nasty home," Freytag said. "Just a real bad situation for the children."

Sheriff Freytag told Local 8 News the conditions are some of the worst his deputies have ever seen. The home had no running water, no electricity and no food in the refrigerator or cabinets.

The children's parents, Kimberly Christian and Robert Anderson, were arrested and charged with two counts of child abuse and neglect. Christian was wanted for theft.

Neighbors told Local 8 News the couple had been living at the home a couple of months. One neighbor said the kids' mother would take them to a neighbor's home to bathe them, once a week.

The children are in state custody. As for their parents, they remain at the Morgan County Jail.

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