SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A South Bend couple has been charged with neglect after investigators found three severely malnourished children living in squalid conditions at their home.
The South Bend Tribune reports 30-year-old Aldo Aranda and his wife Maria Kuilan Benitez each face multiple felonies. Police were called to their home this month after a family member requested a welfare check.
Officers said the house smelled like urine and they observed insects, trash and food on the floor.
The children, who are between the ages of 3 and 9, are being treated for malnutrition and metabolic disorder.
Court records state the 29-year-old wife told police that her husband threatened to stab her if she left the home.
It was unclear Sunday if either had an attorney representing them.