LANCASTER, PA (NBC) -- A Pennsylvania couple faces criminal charges amid allegations that they locked five children and two disabled adults who were in their care inside the basement of their family home.
The charges, which were announced Tuesday, come nearly a year after the children, all boys who range in age from 5 to 14, and the two mentally challenged women, who are in their 50s, were found locked in the basement of Stephanie and James Dickinson's Lancaster home, according to investigators.
Police said the children and the disabled adults involved in the incident have since been placed in safe environments.
According to court documents, one of the victims was found in a cinder block room there was no light, no food, no bathroom and no ventilation.
There was only a blanket.
The others were kept in the basement, where mouse poison and prescription drugs were within
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