Hungry children, soiled home lead to charges for Troy Hill man

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Pittsburgh police arrested a Troy Hill man late Monday night after they said they found six hungry children in his home, parts of which were covered in urine or feces.

Dean Payne, 52, faces charges for endangering the welfare of six children ages 1-12. Police wrote that Mr. Payne appeared to be intoxicated when they arrived at his home and had soiled himself. They some some of the children's clothing was growing mold and that one child asked an officer "Will you give me something to eat? I haven't had dinner since mommy went to jail?"

The children's mother, Mickole Persinger, 36, was arrested Sept. 14 after police responded to a call that her 3-year-old child was running unsupervised in the street. Police wrote in a complaint charging her with endangering the welfare of a child that they had been called to the house four times in September to check the welfare of her children. They wrote that the county's 911 center had logged 17 calls to the home in the last three months for incidents ranging from fights to children running amok while their parents were passed out.

Mr. Payne was charged in April with assaulting Ms. Persinger and endangering the welfare of two of the children, who were near a window when he broke it.

Allegheny County's office of Children, Youth and Families took custody of the children Monday night.

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Liz Navratil: 412-263-1438, lnavratil@post-gazette.com or on Twitter @LizNavratil.


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