Springfield parents charged with child endangering
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- Two parents have each been charged with three counts of child endangering after Springfield police say their kids lived in a home without heat and full of dirty dishes and garbage.
Adam Pennywitt, 37, and Rebecca Pennywitt, 27, were arrested April 5. Their three children were taken to their grandmother's home.
Springfield police were dispatched to their home on Linden Avenue where they encountered a "strong offensive odor" upon entering the home, according to an arrest report.
"Officers observed that there was no heat in the residence," the report states. "The outside temperature was 44 degrees."
Rebecca Pennywitt told police the furnace was not working due to the basement flooding.
Springfield officers also observed a "large amount of clutter, dirty dishes and garbage in the sink" in the kitchen, according to the report. They also wrote in the report that the stairway railing was broken and they "had to be very careful climbing up the stairs".
When asked where the kids sleep, Rebecca Pennywitt told officers they slept on three mattresses on the floor of the front room. The children did not have bedrooms to sleep in, according to the report.
Both parents are facing first degree misdemeanor charges of up to six months in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.