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Kingsport parents arrested after children found in 'unlivable' home

Rain Smith • Feb 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM

KINGSPORT — Four Kingsport parents have been arrested after police allegedly discovered their seven children — ranging from an infant to 13 years of age — in a home infested by cockroaches, strewn with feces and littered with rotting food.

An officer's affidavit characterizes the residence as "unlivable for any human," with its floor, "not visible in any part of the home." Several dogs and cats were also running free inside, with police at the scene observing one relieve itself in the bathtub.

At approximately 3 p.m. Monday officers responded to a complaint of poor living condition for several children at 1609 Newbern Road. Police interviewed Lilly Williams, 36, who advised she lived at the residence with her husband, Walter Williams, 48.

Court records say Williams then said the home was also occupied by her sister, April Lawson, 22, and husband Phillip D. Lawson, 29. Police report the couples had a combined seven children living at the residence, four of whom were less than 5 years old. One was an infant.

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