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He kept his 7 kids in a caged rat house


Agents observed “miserable living conditions” and a padlocked refrigerator.

Pennsylvania police detained two parents after finding their seven children living in “unhygienic” and “unsafe” living conditions, including rats and feces dumped on the floor of their home.

According to a police affidavit filed May 19, officers responded to a tip on April 23 that three children broke into an abandoned trailer in West Rockhill Township, 40 miles north of Philadelphia.

When police found the children, they spoke to the parents and returned them to their home next to the abandoned caravan.

There, agents observed “miserable living conditions” and a padlocked refrigerator.

According to the affidavit, the mother, Crystal Robertson, told police she had to put a padlock on the refrigerator because the kids were “stealing” everything and called the kids a “legged garbage disposal.”


When officers later returned to the home after filing a report with the Bucks County Child and Youth Social Services Agency, they found four more children inside.

According to the affidavit, there were about two dozen rats in cages in one room. Feces were found lying on the floor in another part of the house.

“There was also a foul smell coming from here…and many insects,” the affidavit said. The affidavit stated that “two dogs, two turtles, two rabbits, snakes, toads and a four-foot reptile” were also in the house.

The children were taken into protective custody and taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

According to officials, a subsequent investigation revealed that none of the seven children had attended school and lacked basic knowledge. According to the police, he also displayed social anxiety.

Officials said the medical evaluation concluded that the children were “clinically underweight and malnourished”.

The father, Shane William Robertson, and the mother were each charged with seven felony counts of endangering the welfare of children, according to the statement. According to police, the two posted the required 10% of the $10,000 bail amount.

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