An Orange County husband and wife were arraigned Friday for allegedly keeping two young female relatives malnourished and locked inside an unsanitary mobile home without letting them go outside.
Lester Louis Huffmire and his wife, Petra Huffmire, both 41, from Anaheim, pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of child abuse, two misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment and a sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury.
The married couple devoted much of their time to playing the video game World of Warcraft while the girls went without attending school.
Both were arraigned on Friday after two female relatives, aged 5 and 10, were found in their garbage-strewn residence, said prosecutors, according to CBS Los Angeles.
Kitchen appliances in the home were said to be covered in mold and cobwebs, while garbage, mold and feces were found throughout the residence. A pile of used condoms was also found under a Teddy bear, the local outlet notes.
An officer found the two children with matted hair, rotted teeth and dirt crusted on their feet last month after a neighbor tipped off police.
The Huffmires’ video game obsession consumed hours and hours everyday, allowing the home to deteriorate into filthy conditions, CBS LA reported.
Neighbor Grace McKee said she called officials more than once to report something suspicious inside the trailer. The last time was 12 days ago.
“I wish I had forced the issue years ago. They sorta said, ‘If you don’t see much, why should we come out?’ That sort of thing,” she said. “I wish I would have really, really insisted.”
“Neither child has ever attended school,” Deputy District Attorney Lori Smith said, according to NBC Los Angeles.
The Huffmires were charged with two counts of child abuse, two counts of false imprisonment and a sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury.
Both Lester and Petra Huffmire are being held on $100,000 bail, according to NBC LA. If convicted, the couple could each face up to seven years in prison, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Source: huffington.post “ Anaheim Couple arrested for Allegedly Imprisoning Children In Mobile Home,” June 4, 2013.