Wayne Sperling and Lorinda Bailey plead not guilty to child abuse charges

DENVER - Two parents charged with keeping their four young boys in a filthy Denver apartment have both pleaded not guilty to felony child abuse charges.

Wayne Sperling and Lorinda Bailey arrived separately for their arraignment on Thursday in Denver. They stood before the judge, separated by their two lawyers, and they did not speak to each other during the hearing.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors scheduled the next hearing for April 18 and the trial for July.

The apartment the children lived in was full of flies and cat feces, according to the arrest affidavit.

The boys, aged 2, 4, 5 and 6, were severely malnourished and could only communicate with each other in grunts, investigators said.

The investigating officer said the children all appeared to be about the same size and he could not determine any age or developmental difference between the three oldest children.

This isn't the first time the pair has been accused of child abuse.

Sperling and Bailey faced three charges of misdemeanor child abuse in 2006. Then, in 2009, they both pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child abuse.

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