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Couple pleads guilty to neglecting dependents

A couple who, along with their seven children, were found living in a urine-soaked hotel room earlier this year admitted Friday to neglect.

Marian R. Clark and Robert L. Boyko were each charged with seven D felony counts of neglect of a dependent after officials with Fort Wayne Neighborhood Control responded to the couple’s own complaint about conditions at the Hallmark Inn.

Police were called to the motel at 3730 E. Washington Blvd. by Neighborhood Code officers responding to a complaint of no heat in the room on Jan. 8, officials said at the time.

Officers found what they described as “deplorable” and “putrid” conditions.

The children with the couple ranged in age from one week to 14 years old, and some were zip-tied to chairs and car seats.

The couple pleaded guilty Friday to a plea agreement that calls for six-year suspended sentences, with four years on probation, and also calls for a no-contact order between the couple and the children for six years.

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