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The seven children were found living in the squalor of a urine-soaked hotel room, all of them clad in filthy and soiled clothing while sharing food off the floor with animals.

Now their parents are facing seven felony counts of neglect of a dependent. They’ve also been ordered – should they be released – to stay away from their children.

This isn’t the first time Marian R. Clark and Robert L. Boyko have been accused of not properly caring for their children. How often the 41-year-old Clark and the 42-year-old Boyko have dealt with Indiana Department of Child Services officials is not clear.

How they ended up at a dingy and cramped hotel room despite owning a home in Monroeville is not clear either.

What is clear, though, is that they’ve had contact with the department of child services as far back as 2008. They’ve had their children taken away from them for a time.

What’s also clear is that the discovery what police officers described as “deplorable” and “putrid” living conditions might cost them custody of their children entirely.

And it might also cost the couple prison time.

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