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Parents charged with child neglect

POSTED October 9, 2009 11:06 p.m.
The parents of three young girls were booked into the Merced County Jail after their three children were found in a filthy apartment all alone Monday.
Ambrosia Valle, 29, and Nepamuseno Vega, 36, both of Winton, were charged with child endangerment and neglect according to the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.
The sheriff’s department was called out to the apartment in the 7000 block of Winton Way around 2:30 p.m. Monday for a report that three children had been left unsupervised.
When the deputy arrived, he found that three girls, ages 4, 6 and 8 were left at the apartment and the parents were no where to be found. The deputy said the house was in complete disarray, with clothes and dog feces all over the floor and three small dogs covered in lice and open sores, said sheriff spokesman Tom MacKenzie.
The girls told the deputy they had not seen their mom since Saturday and had last seen their dad earlier in the day, MacKenzie said.
As the deputy spoke to the girls, the mother, Valle, arrived home. She said she was out with a friend and they were supposed to be supervised by the father. A short time later, the father, Vega, came out from one of the other apartments. Vega admitted he was supposed to be watching them, but does not live in that apartment any more due to domestic violence orders with Valle. He was staying at his sister’s apartment, in the same complex, and had no idea that the kids returned to their mother’s apartment after going outside to play.  
This was the sixth time since August that the sheriff’s department has performed a welfare check of the kids, MacKenzie said. The children were taken into the custody of Child Protective Services.
The couple also were charged with animal cruelty because the dogs were sick and starving, MacKenzie said. Animal control took custody of the dogs.

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