Couple gets 1-2 years for keeping 11 kids in filthy home

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Steelton couple will serve 1-2 years in state prison for keeping their 11 children in a home full of trash and feces.

Tyree and Takuya Fluellen were sentenced Tuesday in Dauphin County Court. They must also serve eight years of probation.

Both pleaded guilty to multiple child endangerment charges last month. Six aggravated assault charges, the most serious they faced, were dismissed as part of the deal.

The Fluellens were charged in July 2015 after Steelton police and child welfare workers responded to a report that the children, ages 2 to 14, were home alone. The Fluellens fled with their children when officials arrived, but police said they found maggots in overflowing trash cans, dirty diapers on the floor, and feces-covered clothing and toys.

An upstairs toilet was not working and was filled with fecal matter, and it appeared the bathtub had been used as a toilet and was filled with water and fecal matter, according to charging documents.

Police said six of the children had infections caused by shigella bacteria, which can be caused by exposure to feces.

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