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Couple Charged With Neglect, Children Found In Dirty Living Conditions With Loaded Guns

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A Spartanburg County couple has been arrested after sheriff’s deputies and a social worker found children living in dirty conditions with loaded guns.

Twenty-six-year-old Catherin Michelle Lister of Moore was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of child neglect.

Her husband, 28-year-old Derrick Shun Lister, was arrested last week.

A sheriff’s report says an officer and a Department of Social Services worker went to the home Oct. 15. The deputy reported dirty clothes and rotting garbage in the home.

The officer found a 12-gauge shotgun and .22-caliber rifle, loaded and with the safety mechanisms off within reach of the children, ages 2 and 4.

The deputy confiscated the guns.

The children are in protective custody.

It was not clear if the couple has legal representation.

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