Ada sheriff: South Boise couple kept kids in home with chickens, chainsaw

May 16, 2014 

Sandie A. Strickland, 42, and Anthony L. Strickland, 41, were arrested in their Cloverdale Road home Wednesday night after a monthlong investigation into tips that the Stricklands’ pre-teen children were in danger in the home.

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies found that the kids, ages 10 and 12, were exposed to animal and human feces and urine inside the home on a daily basis. Old food and garbage was scattered throughout the home, chickens lived inside the house and a working chainsaw sat on the living room floor, the sheriff’s office reported.

Deputies declared the kids to be in imminent danger and placed them in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The Sticklands were arrested on charges of felony injury to a child. They were released from the Ada County Jail early Thursday after posting $5,000 bond each.

The crime of felony injury to child is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The Stricklands have a hearing set for May 20.

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