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Pasco couple and four children lived in feces-strewn home

DADE CITY — Deputies visited the home of Justin and Tanya Dykas on Saturday and found four children living in "deplorable and unsafe living conditions," according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

The children, ages 2, 5, 7 and 10, had no clean clothes, the report said. The children's beds were covered in feces, deputies said, and the floor of the home at 41305 Dykas Lane was damp from urine, feces and leaking pipes. The toilet didn't work.

Tanya Dykas told deputies the children defecated on the floor, and she used to clean it up but got tired of doing so, the report said.

Chickens lived in the home, and an electrical short caused the stove to jolt anyone who tried to turn it on, the report said. The family's food was kept in an algae–covered fridge in the yard, the report said. Inside, deputies said, they found ketchup, orange juice, mold, rotting beans and what appeared to be chicken feces.

One of the children told deputies the adults do not buy groceries because the rats get into them.

Justin and Tanya Dykas, both 29, were charged with four counts of child neglect. Both were released Sunday from the Land O'Lakes jail on $40,000 bail.

Tanya Dykas was arrested four years ago on a child neglect charge after deputies found a 3-year-old child wandering a mile from home with no shirt and no shoes. Court records show the charge was dropped several weeks later.

Pasco couple and four children lived in feces-strewn home 02/01/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 9:35pm]
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