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7 hungry, dirty, shivering kids left in frigid van, 2 zip-tied to car seats

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A couple from Monroeville, Ind., Marian Clark, 40, and Robert Boyko, 42, are scheduled for a Jan. 14 court appearance to face felony charges of child neglect after authorities had to relocate their seven children, ranging in age from two-weeks-old to 14-years-old, who were found shivering in a van parked in a snow covered parking lot outside of a Fort Wayne motel last Wednesday. Two of the children were found zip-tied to car seats inside the unheated vehicle.

The News-Sentinel reports that Clark and Boyko will face charges of “four counts of neglect of dependent resulting on bodily injury, a Class C felony; and three counts of neglect of dependent-dependent put in situation endangering dependents life/health, a Class D felony.”

The couple was renting a room at the motel.

When child protection officials went to their room to begin their investigation, Clark and Boyko moved the kids from their rented room to the van outside. But due to the frigid temperatures, and because the children weren’t even dressed for the cold, police that later came across the children relocated them from the van to a vacant room inside the motel.

When authorities first visited that room that Clark and Boyko rented, they found deplorable conditions. When police first arrived at the room, they witnessed one of the boys zip-tied to a chair in the room. Police also witnessed the other children eating non-refrigerated old bologna and chicken wings off the carpeted floor, which smelled of cat urine.

As the investigation progressed, the parents began loading the children into the van.

All the children were inside the unheated van and improperly dressed for the frigid temperatures when officers arrived …

Reportedly, some of the children were placed into that frigid van without shoes, socks or coats.

The two-week old girl who was wearing only a onesie was rushed to the hospital with jaundice and hypothermia, and is in the pediatric intensive care unit. ~ 21Alive

Court documents revealed that “all the children’s clothes were soiled and that they were visibly dirty and hungry.” The kids shared the rented motel room with their parents, two cats, and one dog.

Last Friday, a judge issued a no contact order against the parents. All seven children were placed in the custody of the Department of Child Services.

21Alive shared some very disturbing news regarding two other children that died under Clark and Boyko’s watch.

A 6-year old girl with myriad health problems died in 2008, and a week-old boy with sepsis due to a staph infection died in 2012.

Both children’s deaths were determined to be the result of natural causes.

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