Denver pair faces judge in extreme child abuse case

Children were malnourished and not potty trained

DENVER - Two adults charged with multiple counts of child abuse are due in court Tuesday to hear the charges against them.

Investigators say four children, aged 2, 4, 5 and 6, found living in unsanitary conditions in a Denver home were malnourished, not toilet trained, and couldn't speak.

The charges against Wayne Sperling, 66, and Lorinda Bailey, 35, allege the children were unreasonably placed in a situation that posed a threat to their health.

The children are now in protective care.

Sperling and Bailey were each charged with four counts of felony child abuse. They remain jailed under $5,000 bonds.

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