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2 arrested after children found living in deplorable conditions

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MESA, Ariz. -

A valley couple living in a dirty, bug- and rat-infested motel room filled with rotting food is accused of subjecting their three young kids to those deplorable conditions.

Police say Shawn and Kari Fredenburg and their three children were living in such filthy conditions officers didn't hesitate to book them on child abuse.

The parents are out of jail and the father told me the accusations against them are "overstated." Police claim the parents and their three kids were living in a one bedroom motel room that was covered in animal feces, rotten food and cockroaches.

An officer came to their Mesa motel room on Monday to do a welfare check and according to court documents, as soon as the officer got inside, he saw rotting food on the floor, in the kitchen, and scattered throughout the apartment.

The officer also spotted cockroaches and maggots. The stove was covered with rotten food and cockroaches.

The fire department was called to check out the three children because they looked sick and underweight.

We found the Fredenburgs cleaning out their room Wednesday morning, and asked them about Mesa PD's accusations.

FOX 10: "Did they get it wrong you think?"

Shawn Fredenburg: "It is a little overstated."

FOX 10: "Can you show us inside?"

Shawn Fredenburgs: "Not right now."

FOX 10: "Is it pretty bad?"

Shawn Fredenburgs: "No it is just that we are busy right now."

Neighbors tell us a foul stench was usually coming from the room, and in the court documents, the officer claims there were dog and cat feces and urine smeared throughout a bedroom floor.

Management at the motel near Main and Recker showed us what normal rooms look like, and they say they won't tolerate trashed rooms.

"Both parents were aware of the living conditions and felt it was ok to have the children sleep on top of cockroach infested mattresses containing urine and feces," the police report stated.

The three kids are 17, 13 and 10 years old. They are now in CPS custody. The parents were booked on 3 counts of child abuse.

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