September 13, 2011

Amber And Shawn Cordle Raised Their Special Needs Kids In A Virtual Toilet. Investigators Find Kids Covered With Human And Animal Feces

Prestonburg, Kentucky (The Weekly Vice) - Floyd County couple Amber and Shawn Cordle have been arrested after police entered their apartment and allegedly found five children living in a virtual toilet.

According to police, an officer was dispatched to the couple's home after 39-year-old Shawn Cordle called for an ambulance. The officer arrived on the scene to find Mr. Cordle outside holding a child who had blisters on his mouth and hands.

When officers went inside the couple's home, however, they found five children living in a virtual toilet that was filled with feces, trash and prescription drugs.

Investigators say the children, ages 17 months to 7-years-old, were surrounded by both human and pet feces that covered the carpet and furniture. Trash, animal waste, human waste and prescription medication was also "scattered throughout the house in the children's reach," according to the arrest report.

Upstairs, officers found two special-needs children who had been confined to a room by way of a locked gate that had been secured to a door handle with thick twine.

"There were two special-need kids in the same bed," said police spokesman Zak Clark. "They were covered in human and animal feces."

All five children were taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center where two of them were treated for severe infections and blisters due to untreated diaper rashes.

During the couple's initial hearing, proceedings were delayed as the couple bickered with each other in open court. The judge was forced to assign a second court-appointed attorney so that court proceedings could continue without hearing the couple squabble.

Amber and Shawn Cordle were booked into jail on two counts of unlawful imprisonment, five counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and five counts of first-degree criminal abuse of a child under 12.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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