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Police: Child's burn leads to discovery of filth-filled home

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Donald and Joy Bluhm (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) Donald and Joy Bluhm (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
WELLFORD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

While following up on a child's burn wound, Wellford police said a local family's home was discovered to be covered in filth, urine and bugs.

Wellford police were called to the home of 28-year-old Donald and 27-year-old Joy Bluhm by the South Carolina Department of Social Services on Thursday after the couple and their 1-year-old son did not show up for a doctor's appoint, according to a police report.

DSS workers said they did now show up for an appointment at the burn center in Georgia. The report stated the child was taken to the hospital in April with a burn on his foot and the family was told to head to Georgia for follow-up treatment.

Police said when DSS arrived at the family's home Thursday, they found the boy's wound infected so paramedics were called to take him to the emergency room.

The Bluhms told DSS they did not have a way to take the child to Georgia and could not find a local doctor that took their insurance, so they did not know what to do for him, the police report stated. The report did not say how the child was burned.

With the parents' consent, DSS and police were allowed to walk through the home where they said the odor of urine and pet feces was overwhelming to the point of nauseating, according to the report.

The carpet in the kitchen squished because it was saturated with urine, roaches infested parts of the refrigerator and kitchen, and the sink did not have running water, police said.

Police also said trash and debris covered the hallway and spider webs hung half way down the walls with large, live spiders on them.

Both Bluhms were arrested and charged with neglect of a helpless child and released from jail, according to online detention center records.

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