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8 kids taken from Va. home, 2 women face charges

Monday - 8/27/2012, 6:02pm  ET

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. - Two Spotsylvania County women face neglect charges after authorities removed eight children from a residence, authorities said Monday.

The sheriff's office says authorities went to the home Sunday after a 2-year-old girl was found wandering nude in a convenience store parking lot. Capt. Mike Harvey said a store employee brought the child inside and put clothes on her before a deputy arrived.

The child was able to point out her home, which was near the store. Deputy Elizabeth Scott took the child to the home and knocked on the door for several minutes before someone finally opened the door. Harvey said the two adults inside had been sleeping when the deputy arrived.

Scott entered and found rotten food in and around the kitchen and animal waste in many areas of the residence, Harvey said.

Elizabeth Lam, 38, and Crystal Dawn Craig, 29, are each charged with felony child neglect. Police say Lam is the mother of five of the children and Craig is the mother of the other three. Each woman is being held in jail without bond.

The children range in age from 7 months to 16 years. They were turned over to their grandmothers.

Four dogs, three puppies and two kittens also were removed. Lam was charged with failure to maintain her premises in a sanitary condition and failure to provide food and water.

Both women were placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

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