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Upper Chichester Parents Arrested For Child Endangerment

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Vincent and Carole McDonald  are behind bars on $50,000 bail each. Vincent and Carole McDonald are behind bars on $50,000 bail each.
UPPER CHICHESTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -

"A strong odor of urine, fecal matter in the air made it difficult to get in."

That's the way Upper Chichester police described the inside of this home on Bethel Avenue after two children were removed from the deplorable conditions and their parents arrested on charges of child endangerment.

"The house was a mess. Numerous cats and dogs wondering around the house," Det. Christopher Jones told Fox 29.

Vincent and Carole McDonald are behind bars on $50,000 bail each after police and Delaware County Children and Youth Services went to the home and found a five year old daughter and her seven year old sister in bad shape.

"The kids both had bites on them. Clothes that didn't fit," Jones said. "They hadn't really eaten anything in the last couple days."

The children were examined and placed in the custody of CYS officials. Police say this all started back in August when a police officer found one of the girls wondering along the highway at this intersection and noticed something unusual.

"Clothes that looked big on her, something looked wrong so he stopped her. She was a little disheveled," Detective Jones added.

CYS officials were notified and began to investigate, Tuesday they went to the home with police. Township inspectors condemned the house and declared it uninhabitable.

"Trash throughout the house. It was completely unkept," Jones explained.

"It's very sad," a neighbor said

News of the arrests and the condition of the children upset neighbors on Bethel Avenue. Bruce

Edwards' daughter lives a few doors away. He comes here almost every day.

"Kids today. Parents can't take care of them. They neglect them," Edwards told Fox 29. "We need more social services to look into these people and find out why."

"This is something that no kid should ever have to be through, it looked like the animals were being taken care of better than the children were," Jones said.

Police say the girls had never been to school. The seven year old hadn't seen a doctor in four years.

The parents are behind bars on $50,000 bail.

Police say the parents have been arrested before for endangering the welfare of their children in Bucks County back in 2002. They had six children at the time.

County officials would not comment on the case, citing state law prohibiting them from doing so. They could not comment on the whereabouts of the McDonalds'' other children.

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