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Police: 3 charged for child endangerment, animal cruelty

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EPHRATA, Pa. (WHTM) -

Police in Ephrata are investigating a case of alleged child endangerment and animal cruelty.

Authorities filed charges against William and Pearl Herman, both 24, as well as 55-year-old Robert Paul Herman Sr. after investigating a case of animal hoarding.

On April 3, officers responded to a complaint at a mobile home in the 800 block of East Main Street in Ephrata regarding a large number of animals at the residence.

The investigation revealed that the accused were living in the mobile home with a 1-year-old child and over 80 wild and domestic animals.

The home was deemed uninhabitable and was condemned.

According to police, the animals were allowed to urinate and defecate throughout the residence, creating an unsanitary living condition and creating a hazard to the infant child and the other inhabitants.

Authorities also determined that a number of the animals were in need of veterinary care.

William and Pearl Herman, both of the 1300 block of Swatara Street in Harrisburg, are both charged with one count each of endangering the welfare of children. William Herman was also charged with 68 counts of cruelty to animals.

Robert Paul Herman Sr. of East Main Street in Ephrata faces one count endangering the welfare of a child and one count cruelty to animals.

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