BEACON TRANSCRIPT – On Wednesday, the sheriff’s deputies arrested a Joshua Tree couple after three children were discovered on an abandoned property, living in squalid conditions. Although the authorities first believed that they might be dealing with another Turpin case, a Morongo Basin Station Captain declared that the couple was destitute and that the children were well fed, despite the squalid environment.
Joshua Tree Couple Had Their Kids Lived in Makeshift Plywood Shelter
According to Cindy Bachman, a Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, the discovery was made by a sheriff’s deputy who happened to pass by the abandoned property. The deputy decided to call his colleagues when he saw some children running around mounds of dirt, wearing thin clothes, despite the ever-dropping temperatures.
Upon arriving on the property, the deputy and his colleagues discovered three children, ages 11, 13, and 14, living in unimaginable conditions – the yard was strewn with trash, holes with feces, and the three infants shared the same living space with approximately 40 cats.
Bahman declared that the children were living in a makeshift plywood shelter with a tarp for a roof. The Joshua couple and the kids had no running water, no electricity, and, when the authorities arrived, they saw nothing resembling food.
Captain Trevis Newport of the Morongo Basin Station Sheriff’s Department declared that the recent discovery doesn’t bear any similarities to the infamous Turpin case. Newport stated that although the children were living in a squalid environment, they were surprisingly well fed and in good spirits.
Their parents, later identified as 73-year-old Daniel Panico and 53-year-old Mona Kirk, were arrested and charged with willful cruelty to a child. Captain Newport stated that the couple lost their home and had no other means of raising their children. Both were booked into the Morongo Basin Station Jail.
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