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HAMILTON, Ohio -- The parents of a toddler found wandering an alley Wednesday morning in Hamilton turned themselves in on Friday, as ordered by the Hamilton Police Department.

Nicolas Latta and Elizabeth Latta-Walker went to the Hamilton Co. Police Department around 1:50 a.m. Friday. Both were charged with five counts of child endangerment.

Charles Webb found an 18-month-old girl out in the cold on Dayton Street, shivering, with no shoes and wearing only her pajamas.

MORE: Child found wandering cold, wet and alone on Hamilton, Ohio streets

Webb called police, and investigators soon discovered the child belonged to a family nearby. They were living in a home with no running water, no power and very little to eat. Four other children were found in the home.

The five children were removed from the home by authorities.

WCPO Reporter Jay Warren caught up with the child's father Thursday. Nicholas Latta claimed others think he and his wife are bad parents, but he doesn't think he should be arrested.

Latta said that police ordered he and his wife turn themselves in. The Lattas are now facing five counts of child endangerment for each of the five children they had living in their home.

In his defense, Latta said his electricity and water were turned back on.

Latta said he was struggling with money, and they were doing the best they could while finances were tight.

He said he was sleeping at the time his little girl went wandering, and his wife was awake with the kids.

"My wife said she sat down for a minute while she had everybody upstairs," Latta said. "Somehow, she ended up sneaking out. I'm sure we would have been out there very shortly."

But police officers showed up first.

The five children are staying with their grandparents.

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