WILMINGTON — Two West Sugartree Street parents entered not guilty pleas in their first court appearance on Friday morning.
Kyle Siau, 21, and Lisa Greene, 20, face two counts of child endangerment — a first-degree misdemeanor — in Clinton County Municipal Court.
They requested an attorney be appointed to them.
Wilmington police arrested the pair last Saturday after a welfare check during which officers reported the home “was completely covered in filth, dirty clothes, trash/debris, and animal feces” with no running water or heat, and two children — ages 1 and 3 — lying in chairs shivering, wearing only diapers in a 45-degree room.
Judge Mike Daugherty advised the two parents Friday that, if they’re found guilty, both could face up to 180 days in jail and be fined up to $1,000 for each charge. They would also be prohibited from holding certain jobs, particularly those in health and child care.
This would also be a factor in any custody hearing involving the defendants.
Daugherty ordered the two to commit no further offenses and to not use alcohol or drugs of abuse. If the court discovers either of them has committed another offense, they could have their bond revoked.
Marsha Greene, 40, the grandmother of the two children who police say was also in the home last Saturday, was also charged with two counts of child endangerment. The municipal court’s online records do not show a plea from her.
Police who investigated the scene say they found trash/debris piled up in the kitchen, dirty/moldy dishes piled up in the sink, toilets in the bathrooms filled with human waste, and two dogs had defecated in several rooms.
One room was reported to have an outdoor propane heater which needed ventilation but didn’t have any, which can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, the report notes.
“In the total, the residence is not suitable for human life, let alone suitable for children,” the officer stated in the report.
“Words cannot describe the condition of this residence, nor the condition of this residence, nor the conditions of how these juveniles lived,” WPD Det. Scott Baker said in his report.
The children were removed from the home by authorities, as were the dogs.
Siau and Marsha and Lisa Greene were both jailed after their arrests, with all three eventually released on bond.
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