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Kids found living in "filth," officers powerless to remove them from home

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Sandusky County Sheriff's Officers found four children living in what they call filthy conditions on Thursday night.

But the officers don't have the right to remove kids from the home, so they've reached out to the County Health Department and Children's Services.

A deputy who didn't want to go on camera said it was some of the worst living conditions he's ever seen children living in.

Photographs show trash covering every possible surface and a bathroom covered in feces. The children two boys and two girls, ages 8 to 15.

The kids told officers they live in the home with their parents and their grandfather.  According to the report, the kids told officers that it's so bad in the house, they've seen wild animals inside. The boys said they use the bathroom outside or wait until they go to school.

But deputies say they don't have authority to take kids out of the home. They tracked down the children's mother and warned her not to retaliate against the children for reporting the situation.

The officers reported the situation to Children's Services and the investigation continues.

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