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Mother and father plead guilty to child endangerment after child tried to sell toy for food

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Posted at 2:27 PM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-17 11:14:11-04

A mother and father from Franklin pleaded guilty to two counts of child endangering each after their 7-year-old son was found wandering in downtown Franklin last month trying to sell a stuffed animal to pay for food for himself and his four brothers.

Police responded to Tammy and Michael Bethel’s residence the same day and found deplorable conditions. Both were charged with five counts each of child endangerment; one for each child in the house.

Both parents are scheduled to be sentenced at 4 p.m. Sept. 27.

Warren County Children Services removed the Bethel’s five children from the house and placed them with relatives.

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