PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) --
Their maternal grandmother says just getting the little ones treated and cleaned up and in a healthy environment is working wonders.
Officer Zak Clark says he went to Shawn and Amber Cordle's Prestonsburg apartment on Sept. 2 after the 39-year-old father called for an ambulance.
“He was holding a child outside with blisters on its mouth and hands," Clark said. "Inside there was human and animal feces everywhere -- an empty crib full of feces
. It's the worst thing I've seen in a long time.”
Clark says besides extreme neglect and filth, the Cordle's five children --- ranging in ages from 17 months to 7 years old -- were also surrounded by cats and rotten food. Prescription painkillers also were lying around just about everywhere.
Clark says when he went upstairs, he found two special needs children locked up in horrific conditions.
“There were two special need kids in the same bed," he said. "They were covered in human and animal feces. The parents said they did that so the children could not escape.”
A manager at the apartment complex says they saw no trouble in the Cordle couple's apartment when they inspected it.
The couple's preliminary hearing was delayed when the judge said the Cordles showed antagonism between them, now requiring separate court-appointed attorneys.
They face felony abuse, endangerment and imprisonment charges.
Both of the Cordles are jailed on $25,000 bond each.