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Neighbors React To Parents Charged With Child Neglect

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Two North Philadelphia parents are under arrest after their children were found living in filth.

Both mom and dad were arrested Friday and face a slew of charges including aggregated assault, endangerment of a child and criminal conspiracy. Tonight, we are learning new details about the horrific conditions that these children were living in.

A neighbor shows us a picture of a child's dirty and disgusting bed that he saw thrown out from the North Philadelphia home.

"I don't think any kid should be living like this," says the neighbor as he shows the picture he snatched with his phone. "There are dirt stains all over."

The Philadelphia District Attorney's office tells us that two young children, 17 months and three years old, were living in that filth. Investigators say that the baby was found sitting in her own feces and had a rash on her body that wasn't treated. She also weighed 13 pounds, which prosecutors explain is still relatively low, despite the fact that she was born premature.

"It's shocking because I didn't know they were living like that," says the neighbor.

The children's parents, 29-year-old Tnishia Lee and 28-year-old Frank Watson, were arrested nearly two weeks after the horrific discovery.

Police explain that a neighbor reported the deplorable conditions to the Department of Human Services.

Some neighbors, however, didn't even know that children lived at the York Street home.

"Every time I walked outside I only saw adults out there. That's wrong," says neighbor ReaRea.

We tried to speak to the family, but no one came to the door.

"I saw them the next day. I think they moved or they moved out all their furniture," says a neighbor.

Now some neighbors wonder how they could have stopped this from happening.

"I definitely would have tried to help anyway. I could If I knew," says the neighbor.

Sources tell FOX 29 that the children are now the hands of DHS. As for the parents, they are each being held on $300,000 bail.

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