CHICAGO — Nineteen children found living in a filth-strewn apartment may be returned to their parents, an official said Friday.
"It's not a felony to live in a filthy apartment. Reports that the children had been mistreated were incorrect," Cook County State's Atty. Jack O'Malley said. "They were just living in filth."
Prosecutors, however, said one of the 19 children had been mistreated, and O'Malley said that while he believes the children should be taken from their families, it probably will not happen. Prosecutors have no plans to drop the charges filed in the case, he said.
Six adults--four mothers who all are sisters, a father and an uncle--have been charged with misdemeanor child neglect. One woman, Denise Turner, 20, was charged with felony child endangerment. Prosecutors said Turner's 4-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, was malnourished, bitten and burned.