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Parents charged in case of home alone kids

Thursday, August 28, 2008
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The parents accused of leaving their four children alone in a filthy apartment are now facing charges.

Corey Burist and Christina Zook each charged with two felony counts of abandoning a child. Arrest warrants have been issued.

Authorities discovered the four young children -- ages 7, 5, 3 and 2 -- in a northwest Harris County apartment on Tuesday. Prosecutors say the children were hungry, malnourished and the conditions in the apartment were deplorable.

Donna Hawkins, Harris County Assistant District Attorney, said, "The evidence in the probable cause states there were bugs and maggots throughout the house. There was rotting food. The young children were covered with feces and urine."

At an emergency hearing Wednesday, a judge ruled the children will stay in foster care for at least another week. Burist, the children's father, agreed with the decision.

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