Robert H. Simmons III, 53, and Mary E. Tittle, 37, both of 147 Miller Road, were charged with five counts of child abuse and child neglect.
Five siblings discovered living in “horrid” filth just outside Jonesborough Thursday and who had never been to school and could not read or write had apparently been moved around the country their whole lives as their parents seemed to be trying to avoid investigations into their children’s lack of education, according to investigators.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigators and Department of Children Services agents responded to 147 Miller Drive Thursday to investigate the educational neglect of the siblings, ages 7-13. But once investigators arrived, they discovered the children living on a bus and in a camper in the front yard. These places had no running water or bathrooms and sparse living arrangements. The yard was strewn with trash and the children were using it as a bathroom, according to WCSO Inv. Jared Taylor.
“Bodily waste was everywhere,” Taylor said. “It was on the bus or, you know, just outside the bus. It was outside the camper. It was in the back yard, you know, just a horrid smell and scene.”
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