Child neglect charges dropped against parents

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Prosecutors say they have dropped charges of neglect and child abuse against a couple found living on a squalid sailboat with their two teenage sons.

John and Sherri Kelly were arrested in February after authorities boarded the 28-foot sailboat on the Magothy River.

Officials said they found the family of five, including an adult son, and two dogs living in a 9-by-10-foot space with no electricity, heat or running water and the bow was filled with trash.

Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess told The Capital of Annapolis ( on Tuesday that an investigation by Child Protective Services led to all charges being dropped in the case.


Information from: The Capital of Annapolis, Md.,

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