Despite living under deplorable conditions, a 12-year old is healthy and now living with relatives temporarily.
Meanwhile, New Castle County Police have arrested the boy’s parents, charging them with child endangerment. Sandra Kelsch, 49, and her husband, Edward Kelsch, 48, were each charged with endangering the welfare of a child. They have been arraigned and released on $500 unsecured bail.
Police say on Friday, they initially responded to the 800 block of Chambers Street in Newark to back up animal control officers. Inside, detectives found 17 dogs, cats, ducks and rabbits all living in the home, urinating and defecating throughout.
Division of Family Services was contacted once police learned the boy was living there. A New Castle County code enforcement officer condemned the home, deeming it unfit for the child to live there.