Couple Arrested for Child Endangerment

Investigators say the couple's children were living in animal feces

New Castle County Police arrested a couple and charged them with endangering the welfare of their two children after police discovered that they were living in a home that was unsafe and unhealthy.

Kevin Gries, 24, and Amanda Boyle, 20, were each charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. They have been arraigned and released on $1,000 unsecured bail.

Police responded to the 100 block of Stamm Boulevard at 1:16 p.m after the Gries called to report a stolen bike Saturday. When officers arrived and entered the home in the community of Swanwyck Estates, they smelled an overwhelming odor coming from within the residence. Officers discovered what appeared to be dog feces spread throughout the hallway floor.  Police later learned that two children, ages 2 and 5 months, were living in the home.

Gries spoke with NBC10 Sunday night.

"I love my kids and I'd do anything for them. All I want in life is to take care of them."

Police say 11 dogs and six cats were found living in the home and during. The animals had been urinating and defecating throughout the residence causing unsanitary conditions. Thick dust and heavy amounts of dirt were also observed in various areas, as well as on furniture throughout the residence.  

Both children have been temporarily placed with a family member.  Two other adults also lived in the home.

The SPCA issued a correction notice to the homeowner concerning the conditions of the residence for the animals. Their home has been deemed unfit and unsanitary.

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