South Bend couple charged with neglecting 3 children

 
 
Updated 5/20/2018 10:39 AM
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A South Bend couple has been charged with neglect after investigators found three severely malnourished children living in squalid conditions at their home.

The South Bend Tribune reports 30-year-old Aldo Aranda and his wife Maria Kuilan Benitez each face multiple felonies. Police were called to their home this month after a family member requested a welfare check.

Officers said the house smelled like urine and they observed insects, trash and food on the floor.

The children, who are between the ages of three and nine, are being treated for malnutrition and metabolic disorder.

Court records state the 29-year-old wife told police that her husband threatened to stab her if she left the home.

It was unclear Sunday if either had an attorney representing them.

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Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com

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