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Parents each charged with 7 felony counts of child neglect

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 8:59 am

Two Monroeville parents were scheduled to be in court today on multiple counts of child neglect related to the condition of several children, including one seen by officials tied to a chair.

Robert Boyko, 42, and Marian R.Clark, 41, both of the 18000 block of Old Lincoln Highway East, face four counts of neglect of dependent resulting on bodily injury, a Class C felony; and three counts of neglect of dependent-dependent put in situation endangering dependents life/health, a Class D felony.

The charges stem from an investigation Wednesday by neighborhood code, assisted by the Fort Wayne Police Department. Seven children in the care of Boyko and Clark were living in unsuitable conditions, according to court documents.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case, the couple was renting a room at the Hallmark Inn, 3730 E Washington Blvd., in Fort Wayne. The seven children ranged from 1 week old to 14 years old. All the children were inside a van when officers arrived. It was decided that the children should be taken to a vacant room because of frigid temperatures.

According to the probable cause affidavit, when Neighborhood Code first arrived they witnessed one of the boys zip-tied to a chair in the room, while other children were eating chicken wings off the floor, which smelled of cat urine. As the investigation progressed, the parents began loading the children into the van. Noting that the parents were going to try and leave, the Neighborhood Code officers blocked the van until police arrived.

All the children were inside the unheated van and improperly dressed for the frigid temperatures when officers arrived, according to the court documents.

Officers reported finding two of the children zip-tied to their car seats. One child was taken to a hospital because of a reported exposure problem and a problem with her blood sugar level.

The reports indicated all the children’s clothes were soiled and that they were visibly dirty and hungry. The room they had been staying in had two cats in it and the rug that the children had been eating off of smelled of cat urine. Animal Care and Control tool custody of a dog that was in the van.

No-contact orders were issued Friday against both adults, and the children are in the custody of the Department of Child Services.