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Children removed from Troy Hill home police describe as filthy

| Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, 10:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh police arrested a Troy Hill father Monday night, saying that six children in his home lived in filthy conditions and were not fed properly.

Sgt. Patrick Knepp said police planned to charge Dean Payne with child endangerment after they found the children, ages 1 to 12, living in a fly-infested home. Knepp said it appeared the children had not eaten in over a day and were attempting to eat raw bacon because they were hungry.

The children appeared to not have bathed in days, police said.

Police got the children chicken fingers and grilled cheese sandwiches from nearby Billy's Bistro before they were taken to Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville for checkups, Knepp said.

The children's mother, Mickole Persinger, 36, is in the Allegheny County Jail on child endangerment charges. Knepp said the county's Office of Children, Youth and Families has been notified several times.

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