Couple faces child neglect charges on Monday

by: Scott Wickersham Updated:

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CLOVER, S.C. - On Monday, Byron and Kim Miller face charges of child neglect and poor treatment of animals.

The York County Sheriff's Department said when deputies showed up at the home on Whitworth Road in Clover one week ago they immediately knew something was wrong.

They said the smell almost knocked them down when they walked in.

In the report a deputy wrote that it smelled of animal feces and urine.

According to deputies there were dishes stacked with bugs on them in the home and the house had dust webs hanging from the ceiling. Beer bottles were located in the children's rooms as well as holes in the floor and windows.

Eyewitness News went by the home on Monday and saw several dogs outside roaming the property.

Deputies said Byron, the boy's step father, ran from the home when they arrived the first time. His 9- and 11-year-old stepsons told deputies he usually runs when the police come to the home.

Deputies came back to the home on Friday and found Byron hiding in a closet.

Monday night the boys are staying with their father in Shelby.

Eyewitness News went by the father's home on Monday as well, but no one was there.

The DSS is now determining whether they will stay with him long term.