Sheriff: Malnourished kids caked in feces living in filth

A couple is facing charges after Franklin County authorities say they found their children living in squalor with feces caked on their hands.

News outlets report 26-year-old Kimberly Powell and 25-year-old Andrew Powell were indicted Monday on criminal abuse charges after deputies found their children, ages 2, 4 and 6, extremely malnourished in a bug-infested Frankfort home that smelled of feces and urine in July.

Sheriff Pat Melton says the children, who hadn't seen a doctor in years and were developmentally delayed, were routinely locked inside a bedroom alone. Investigators say the windows of the home were covered with black plastic, blocking out sunlight.

The children are in the custody of the state.

It's unclear whether the couple have attorneys.