Police have charged a Medford couple with felony mistreatment after their four children, all preschoolers, were found living in filth inside their home.
Medford police Thursday responded to a home in the 2800 block of Anita Circle to a report of four children believed to have been severely neglected.
Officers found the four, ranging in age from 6 months to 4 years, had been locked in a room for hours at a time.
The children were found to be urinating and defecating in a heater vent because they did not have access to a restroom, police said.
The infant had significant diaper rash and the other children showed clear signs of neglect, police said.
"The children were obviously not in good health," Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said. "They did not appear malnourished, but had other health issues."
Arrested were parents Jeramy Allen Hon, 29, and Kassandra Lynn Regain, 23.
The pair were charged with four counts each of criminal mistreatment, a felony.
"The children were living in horrible conditions," Hansen said.
Hansen said detectives received an anonymous tip that led them to the home.
"When we learn that children are possibly in danger, we make our way to the scene immediately," Hansen said. "You don't want to wait too long, because it could be too late by the time you get there."
Once inside the home, the investigators were appalled at the living conditions forced upon the children, he said.
"There was urine all over the room," Hansen said. "The infant had a bad case of diaper rash, which can be a serious health problem."
Hansen said the children were locked in the room for "several hours" at a time. The window also was locked.
"What if there had been a fire?" Hansen said. "Who knows how badly this could have gone."
Hansen did not speculate on the couple's reasoning for locking the children in the room and not providing them access to a bathroom.
"We will be getting statements from them at some point," Hansen said. "But there really is no excuse for this. It's unthinkable that children should have to live like this."
The children have been taken into custody by Department of Human Services workers. Medford police said in a news release the children are now in a safe environment.
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