4 face child neglect charges after 7 children found in ‘deplorable’ conditions, SC deputies say

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Four people have been arrested after several children were found in deplorable conditions in Spartanburg County, deputies say.

According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were executing a search warrant Thursday at Saxon Heights.

A man and three women were detained. Officers also located seven children at the home, ranging in age from infant to 17, who were living in deplorable conditions.

All of the children were placed into emergency protective custody with the Department of Social Services.

The suspects, who all live at the home, have been charged.

Joshua Duane Hammett has been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, two counts of unlawful neglect of a child, and resisting arrest.

Kayla Deanna Mittag has been charged on three counts of unlawful neglect of a child.

Nellie Rearae Nichols has been charged on two counts of unlawful neglect of a child.

Teresa Renae Nichols has been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and two counts of unlawful neglect of a child.

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