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'It smelled like sewer' - Parents accused of keeping kids in deplorable RV

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BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

A couple is accused of keeping their two children in deplorable conditions inside an RV on the side of the road in Beaverton.

Photos from Beaverton police show bags and bags of garbage stacked up inside the small RV.

"It smelled pretty strong around the motor home, just in the general area, it smelled like sewer," said Brant Sawzak, who works nearby.

Investigators said they were first called out in March after neighbors complained about the vehicle parked on Southwest Rose Lane near Farmington Road.

Police said the windows were covered with blankets and no one initially appeared to be inside.

On a follow-up visit, a child popped her head out the door.

Officers said the stench coming from inside was overwhelming. They then made contact with Marcelino Navarro Jr., 34, and Sarah Clark, 33.

According to Beaverton police, the couple said they had been living in the RV for about two years and the children had not been to school in months. The girls are 7 and 12 years old.

Investigators said the parents admitted to using drugs.

The bathroom was covered in waste, an oven was caked in filth and police said the only sources of food appeared to be junk food and energy drinks. There was also no running water.

Photos: Couple accused of keeping girls in deplorable RV

Among the bags of garbage were children's items, like a pink backpack, pink jacket and Thomas the Tank Engine book.

Police said the girls shared a small, dirty bed together and had not showered in a month.

"It was here all winter when there was snow and ice," Sawzak said. "It's kind of scary to think that, I don't know how four people can survive in a motor home, especially when there's no power, no heat, no bathroom, no nothing."

A relative was called to take the children and the Department of Human Services began an investigation. The couple was initially cited for criminal mistreatment, but after the conditions did not improve, they were indicted this week and booked in the Washington County Jail on six counts of criminal mistreatment.

Both suspects appeared in court Wednesday for their arraignments. They are each being held on $12,000 bail and are due back in court June 9.

The girls remain with relatives, according to police.

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