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Police: Home so filthy, Kingsport boy stuffs ears to 'keep the bugs out'

April 10th, 2013 3:33 pm by Rain Smith

Police: Home so filthy, Kingsport boy stuffs ears to 'keep the bugs out'

KINGSPORT — A Kingsport couple have been arrested after a child was found living in their allegedly filthy home with paper stuffed into each ear, telling an officer he did so to, "keep the bugs out."

When one suspect was asked why the residence was in such a foul state — allegedly including feces on the floor and an infestation of insects — he reportedly said he couldn't clean it because he has a job.

Robert M. Fortin, 34, and Crystal M. Fortin, 33, both of 900 Tranbarger Drive, lot 16, were arrested Tuesday evening. They were each charged with one count of child abuse and neglect after police responded to a disturbance, but instead found the allegedly squalid living conditions.

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