A Joplin couple, whose children were removed from their home in October because of alleged unsanitary conditions, waived preliminary hearings Wednesday in Jasper County Circuit Court on the felony child-endangerment charges.
Associate Judge Richard Copeland ordered Clinton Gray, 34, and Julie A. Gray, 22, bound over for trial at separate hearings in Joplin. Each of the Grays is to make an initial appearance May 7 in a trial division of the court.
The Children’s Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services removed a 6-month-old baby and a 1-year-old toddler from the Grays’ home at 524 S. Park Ave. after a child-welfare check in October.
A probable-cause affidavit written by Joplin police Detective Trevor Duncan states that the home had “a strong stench,” with trash covering the floors and dirty diapers strewn about when Duncan went there Oct. 11.
The detective wrote that he found food and trash all over the kitchen and “hundreds upon hundreds” of cockroaches crawling everywhere, even inside the refrigerator. The bathtub in the house was covered with cockroaches and what appeared to the detective to be fleas.
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