Police: Couple Charged With Child Neglect

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — Dakota County investigators have charged a Burnsville couple with child neglect.

Court records say Andrew and Delilah Worcester locked their 7-year-old son in his room, leaving him in horrible conditions.

Officers went to the family’s townhome on McAndrews Road, and found the boy laying in his own waste, with a tarp on the floor of his bedroom, and sores on his body.

They say the boy is developmentally disabled and cannot speak.

Investigators reported the “smell of urine was so strong … they had to periodically exit the townhome for fresh air.”

They found “feces smeared on the floors, walls and window coverings.” Police also say the boy is morbidly obese and his diaper was full with urine and feces. They say the home was filthy with garbage and debris stacked throughout the residence.

The boy and his three other siblings, ages 11, 4, and 3, are in foster care.

The parents will appear in court for the gross misdemeanor charge next month.

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