ANDERSON, Ind. (June 29, 2015) – Two-year-old Anderson twins were hospitalized with severe malnutrition, and their parents were arrested and charged with neglect.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the Department of Child Services was called to the 150 block of West 13th Street on June 12 about a possible child neglect case. When authorities arrived, the house was in complete disarray with dog feces, cat feces, dirty diapers, trash, dirty clothing, dirty dishes, and an “atrocious smell.”
Police found the twins in a 4-foot-by-4-foot area with a great deal of debris, a couch and a television. They had no bed, no food, no drink and no child seats. They had lice and were dirty.
The children were transported by ambulance to St. Vincent Hospital. They were later transported to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health for failure to thrive and severe nutrition deficiency.
The probable cause affidavit says that both children showed severe signs of neglect and it appears they were not being fed. The twins are two years and five months old, but they are the size of a seven-month-old baby. They only weighed 16 and 17 pounds.
Neither child can walk, stand, crawl or roll from side to side.
“If they continued on the path they were on, they could only have lived months and not years and would have likely died of malnutrition,” the probable cause affidavit states.
Police spoke with the twins’ parents, Stephen Auker, 38, and Kimperly Robinson, 32. The couple could not give any sufficient reasons as to why the twins were in such bad shape.
They were both arrested on two Level 3 felonies for neglect of a dependent. They're being detained in the Madison County Jail on a full cash bond of $20,000.
Auker and Robinson are the parents of two other children, ages 5 and 6. All four children are now in foster care.