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Kids found alone; 1 covered with bugs

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Maribel Colmenero Maribel Colmenero

A Peoria couple was arrested Monday after their two children were found wandering alone - one of them covered with bugs, lice and scabs, police said.

Angel Ortiz, 24, and Maribel Colmenero, 28, were booked in the the Fourth Avenue Jail on two counts of child abuse.

The manager of Sonoma Place Apartments at 11600 N. 75th Ave. in Peoria called police after another resident had spotted the children unattended and in poor health, according to court documents.

When officers arrived, they found the children, ages 3 and 4, extremely dirty and could smell them more than five feet away.  

The 4-year-old girl had lice crawling all through her hair, bugs crawling over her body, and scab marks all down her forearms, police said. The children complained they were hungry and thirsty.

The children's parents eventually arrived at the office, after the kids had been left for more than an hour unattended, officers said. The apartment complex had an open gate to a major roadway, and also had a fenced pool near where the children were found.

The parents admitted to not showering the children in at least three days, police said. They claimed they fell asleep and did not know the children had left.

Police said their apartment was in disarray, with prescription medicine laying in the open doorway, an open glass bottle of alcohol on a counter, bugs crawling inside, and a strong unsanitary odor coming from the residence.

Child Protective Services took the children into custody.

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