17 kids removed from NM home, 5 adults arrested

Five adults in New Mexico face several counts of child abuse after 17 children were removed from a home authorities described as filthy and sparsely furnished.

The children, all under the age of 9, were placed with state youth authorities.

According to the arrest warrant, investigators say the children, from ages 11 months to 9 years old, are the products of six parents — five of them siblings and one who's a cousin.

KOB-TV reports the children were removed in October after deputies doing a welfare check found the family of 23 living in a home in Albuquerque with four mattresses, no food in the pantry or refrigerator, and a strong odor of urine and feces. Several of the children needed emergency dental surgery due to rotting teeth.

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Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com