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Kids escape from house

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By Jesef Williams

A home with open beer cans, old food and human waste over the floor is a dangerous place for children, police say.

The parents who allowed their three children to live in those conditions have been charged a month after police discovered the conditions.

Robert Louis Bailey, 27, and Laura Ann Bailey, 23, of 310 Cedar St., were each charged Tuesday with three counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.

Lancaster police came to the Baileys' home on Feb. 8 after a driver saw their three young children - ages 4, 3 and 1 - playing in the middle of the road.

When the children saw the officer, they entered an open door that led underneath the home.

After knocking on the door and speaking with Robert Bailey, the officer learned that the children got outside by climbing down the air conditioning duct and exiting through that open door.

Robert Bailey was the only adult home at the time.

Officers said the children were eating bread sticks that were laying on the floor. Open beer cans were in their reach. Old diapers and human waste were found on the floor, according to police.

Officers saw kitchen knives on the ground in the backyard. The next door neighbor had a pit bull terrier on a chain just feet away from where the children entered the crawlspace door.

Workers from the Department of Social Services interviewed the parents and suggested the removal of the children from the home.

"It was an ongoing investigation," Sgt. Brenner Hartley said. "Due to the conditions of the home and the boys being able to get out without the father knowing," police decided to file the charges of unlawful conduct.

The driver told police that she almost hit the children when they were in the road. Hartley said they were almost run over twice.

Both parents were taken to the Lancaster County Detention Center and held on $30,000 bonds.

Robert Bailey remains in jail and Laura Bailey has been released. Hartley said the children remain at a Lancaster County foster home.

Contact Jesef Williams

at 283-1152 or

jwilliams@thelancasternews.com