CRIME

Denver man pleads guilty to neglecting 4 young sons, keeping them in filthy apartment

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2013 file photo, Wayne Sperling, left, accused of neglecting his four sons and keeping them in a filthy Denver apartment, arrives at court with his public defender, at the Denver Justice Center, in Denver. A court hearing is scheduled Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, for Sperling, who was charged with child abuse after authorities found the boys in an apartment filled with cat feces and flies in October 2013.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2013 file photo, Wayne Sperling, left, accused of neglecting his four sons and keeping them in a filthy Denver apartment, arrives at court with his public defender, at the Denver Justice Center, in Denver. A court hearing is scheduled Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, for Sperling, who was charged with child abuse after authorities found the boys in an apartment filled with cat feces and flies in October 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)  (The Associated Press)

A father accused of neglecting his four young sons and keeping them in a filthy Denver apartment has pleaded guilty to felony child abuse.

Wayne Sperling accepted an agreement with prosecutors Thursday. He faces up to seven years when he is sentenced on Dec. 30.

Prosecutors agreed to drop five other charges.

Authorities say Sperling, his wife and the boys lived in an apartment filled with cat feces and flies. The children, aged 2 to 6, were malnourished and could only communicate in grunts when they were found in October 2013.

Sperling's wife, Lorinda Bailey, was sentenced last week to 90 days in jail and five years of probation after pleading guilty to child abuse.

Prosecutors say the boys are improving in foster care but haven't asked about their parents.