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Sitters charged with child endangerment, kids found with lice and bedbugs

(Left: Jamie Adkins, Right: Brian Dekham - Elyria Police. )

Two baby sitters from Ohio have been charged with child endangerment after they put five children riddled with fleas, bedbugs, and lice into the back of a U-Haul truck.

25-year-old Jamie Adkins and 55-year-old Brian Dekham were arrested Wednesday in Elyria, Ohio after they were spotted loading the children into a U-Haul at a gas station parking lot.

The children, ages 2, 3, 4, 6, and 15, all suffered from fleas, lice, and bedbugs. Some of them even had ringworm.

The 2-year-old was treated for heat exhaustion at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center and stayed there until Thursday. 

Jamie Adkins told police that she and Dekham had been caring for the children for several weeks and that the children's mother, Kimberly Hull, knew they were being transported in a U-Haul from Cleveland to Elyria.

Adkins said Hull told her:

"Sounds fun, hope the kids have fun."

Adkins described herself as being like a godmother to the children, and told police she liked spending time with them because she couldn't have any of her own.

Dekham and Adkins are charged with child endangerment and were ordered not to contact the children. They'll be back in court on August 10th.

Read more at the Daily News.

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