Couple Faces Charges Of Hiding 5 Children From Society - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Couple Faces Charges Of Hiding 5 Children From Society

(CNN) -- State authorities discovered five children in south central Pennsylvania huddled in a condemned house without heat, running water or anything that could reveal their identities.

The children -- ranging in age from 2 to 13 -- have no birth certificates, no record of immunizations and no school records, having been largely kept away from society for several years, York County police Lt. Tim Utley said.

"You always have the occasion when people are living in poor conditions, but this was extreme," Utley said. "They're going to have to be assimilated into what's not considered normal for them."

The parents, Louann Bowers and Sinhue Johnson, were arrested over the summer, when the children were found.

They have been charged with five felony counts of child endangerment and are awaiting a court appearance Friday.

Case workers at York County Children and Youth Services learned about the children after receiving anonymous phone calls, Utley said.

The calls prompted workers to investigate the area; they alerted police after discovering the squalid conditions in which the children were living, he said.

Representatives for York County Children and Youth Services would not comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

Bowers maintains her innocence, her attorney said.

"She acknowledges that she should have done more for the children, but in no way were they in danger," Ronald Gross said. "[The parents] did not engage in many community-based activities and led a very private life."

Bowers ran away from home when she was 16, which may have contributed to her private adulthood, Gross said.

She gave birth to her sixth child Monday in York County prison, he added.

Johnson's attorney was not immediately available for comment.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Idaho State Police ask for help identifying bicyclist killed in hit and run crash on I-90

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 7:36 AM EDT2017-10-18 11:36:54 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Idaho State Police are asking for help identifying a bicyclist killed in hit and run crash on I-90 late Tuesday evening. The crash occurred shortly before 10pm Tuesday on I-90 at milepost 15.5 in Coeur d'Alene. According to Idaho State Police, an unknown vehicle struck a person on a bicycle in the westbound lane of travel.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Idaho State Police are asking for help identifying a bicyclist killed in hit and run crash on I-90 late Tuesday evening. The crash occurred shortly before 10pm Tuesday on I-90 at milepost 15.5 in Coeur d'Alene. According to Idaho State Police, an unknown vehicle struck a person on a bicycle in the westbound lane of travel.

    >>
  • Man who confessed to Cheney pot shop murder provides information on two other cases

    Man who confessed to Cheney pot shop murder provides information on two other cases

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 9:15 PM EDT2017-10-18 01:15:17 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been roughly one month since a Cheney man was murdered, at random, as he ate lunch inside his car. Cameron Smith's body was recovered days after the fatal shooting. Donavon Culps provided a full confession to the killing, and now he's providing information that he says will solve two other Washington murders.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been roughly one month since a Cheney man was murdered, at random, as he ate lunch inside his car. Cameron Smith's body was recovered days after the fatal shooting. Donavon Culps provided a full confession to the killing, and now he's providing information that he says will solve two other Washington murders.

    >>
  • Neighbors outraged after St. Maries officer shoots deer

    Neighbors outraged after St. Maries officer shoots deer

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 11:41 PM EDT2017-10-18 03:41:44 GMT

    ST. MARIES, Idaho - In a windy, but quiet family-friendly neighborhood, it seems like everyone had a personal connection with a certain whitetail deer. “From the mailman, to the Avista guys to the contractors doing work on the homes and all the neighbors,” Mia Suchoski said. Mia Suchoski called the deer “Bucky” while her neighbors Donna and Doug Smeltzer called it “Baby.”

    >>

    ST. MARIES, Idaho - In a windy, but quiet family-friendly neighborhood, it seems like everyone had a personal connection with a certain whitetail deer. “From the mailman, to the Avista guys to the contractors doing work on the homes and all the neighbors,” Mia Suchoski said. Mia Suchoski called the deer “Bucky” while her neighbors Donna and Doug Smeltzer called it “Baby.”

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/