Franklin County mother admits to neglecting children

Andrew Powell, Kimberly Powell
Andrew and Kimberly Powell (Photo Courtesy: Franklin Co. Detention Center)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- A Franklin County mother admitted to neglecting her three children to a circuit court judge last week.

That’s according to a report in the State Journal newspaper.

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ABC 36 News previously reported 26-year old Kimberly Powell and 26-year-old Andrew Powell were indicted by a Franklin Co. Grand Jury, each charged with 3 counts of criminal abuse, one for each of the children, aged 6, 4, and 2.

The indictment read that the Powells, “subjected their children to cruel confinement, and otherwise failed to provide the children with adequate medical care, supervision, food, and clothing, and placed them in situations that may cause serious physical injury.

According to the Sheriff, an investigation into the children’s well-being began on July 15, when his office began receiving reports from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

According to the Sheriff, the investigation found that the windows of the home the children were living in were covered with black plastic, blocking out any sunlight.  The children were also routinely locked in a bedroom alone with a makeshift lock made with a shoestring.  Investigators say all three of the children were severely malnourished, and there was little food in the home.  Detectives also say the home had a strong smell of feces and urine, and that bugs were seen crawling on the counters and walls.

The children themselves had not been to see a doctor in two to three years, according to the Sheriff, who adds they were found in heavily soiled diapers, with caked feces on their hands, and dark stains on their mattresses.

Both Andrew and Kimberly Powell were taken to the Franklin Co. Regional Jail, and are each being held on $25,000 bonds.

According to the paper, Kimberly Powell plead guilty to amended charges of three counts of second-degree criminal abuse, all Class D felonies.

The paper says the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office recommended a five-year sentence on all counts to run concurrently and took no position on probation. Powell is to be released to her mother and stepfather Monday before her sentencing, but she is subject to drug screenings.