Seven Children Shivering In Van, Two Zip Tied To Car Seats (VIDEOS)

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January 16, 2014 Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 5:59 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Formal charges for two Fort Wayne parents, accused in a case of shock child neglect.

42-year-old Robert Boyko and 40-year-old Marian Clark appeared in court Thursday morning for their initial hearing. They have a no-contact order for their children.

Both are expected to be back in court the first week of March.

Previous Report
The Allen County couple arrested after their seven children were found shivering in a van outside a local hotel have lost two other children.

Getting details has been difficult, since the state Department of Child Services has not yet responded to our questions and formal request for information about this family.

What we have uncovered, though, is that 40-year old Marian Clark and 42-year old Robert Boyko have lost two children over the past several years.

A 6-year old girl with myriad health problems died in 2008, and a week-old boy with sepsis due to a staph infection died in 2012.

Their deaths were ruled as natural causes.

Earlier this week, police the couple's seven other children, ranging from two weeks to 14-years old, shivering in a van outside a Fort Wayne hotel.

The children were filthy, and without coats, socks or shoes in a van outside the Hallmark Inn on East Washington Boulevard.

Some were zip-tied to their seats.

A representative from SCAN -- Stop Child Abuse and Neglect -- says they have lots of ways to help struggling parents, but the parents have to accept the offer, whether they initiate it or another agency does.

“We are able to field calls and we can reach out to families and offer our services, but it's on the family to accept our call and to allow us into their home,” says Jennifer Neher of SCAN.

She wasn't allowed to comment on specific cases.

We are still waiting to hear from the state Department of Child Services to see what they can tell us about their involvement with this family.

Clark and Boyko remain in jail on preliminary neglect charges, and could be formally charged Tuesday.

Their children are in emergency care.

Previous Report
A couple has been arrested and charged with felony neglect after police found their seven children -- including a newborn -- in a freezing van outside a Fort Wayne hotel.

This story is generating so much interest on our website and Facebook page.

People are outraged.

40-year old Marian Clark and 42-year old Robert Boyko are each being held in the Allen County jail on more than $47,000 bond.

A judge has also ordered them to have no contact with their children.

Yesterday, police found the kids, ranging from two weeks to 14-years old, in a van outside the Hallmark Inn on East Washington.

Some of them were zip-tied to their seats and had to be cut out with scissors.

Some had no coats, socks or shoes.

All were dirty and shivering.

One of the officers said that Boyko and the van smelled "putrid."

Court documents say the children had been eating non-refrigerated old bologna and chicken wings off the cat-urine soaked floor of the hotel.

Animal Care and Control took a dog and two cats from the scene.

The 14-year old autistic boy, 11-year old boy, 9-, 7-, and 4-year old girls, and two-year old boy gobbled down McDonald's that an officer brought them.

The two-week old girl who was wearing only a onesie was rushed to the hospital with jaundice and hypothermia, and is in the pediatric intensive care unit.

According to court documents, Clark told officers she had $4,000 in cash in her purse that she'd received from Social Security, and that her family had checked into the Hallmark Inn on December 30th.

People who live in Monroeville refused to go on camera but told me the family's home is filthy and that this is not the first time the couple have had their children taken from them.

The children are in emergency care.

Clark and Boyko are due in court Tuesday.

Previous Report
Seven children, ages one week old to 14 years old, were found, some shoeless and without coats, in a van at the Hallmark Inn.

Neighborhood Code called Fort Wayne Police while they were on the scene to access the living conditions of a room being rented by Robert Boyko and Marian Clark at the Hallmark Inn on E. Washington.

When police arrived, Boyko, Clark and seven children were in a van in the parking lot. According to police, a 4-year-old, 2-year-old and 14-year-old were all without shoes or socks and their feet were red from the cold temperature.

When officers attempted to remove two of the children from their car seats, they found that they had been zip tied to the seat and officers had to use scissors to cut them free.

Clark told police they had an open CPS case and that the caseworker had told them the car seats were fine. She explained that one of the boys was autistic and that zip tying him was the only way to keep him in the car seat. One officer reported that the boy appeared to be severely autistic and did not speak.

Police say none of the children were dressed properly for the weather conditions and they removed the children and took them inside to get warm. One of the children was taken to the hospital.

A dog was also found in the van and two cats were found in the room. The room had food all over the carpet and smelled of animal urine. Neighborhood Code had told police that the children were eating off the floor.

Officers reported that the conditions in the car and the children's clothing were filthy and smelled "putred".

Animal Control and CPS were brought out to the scene to assist.

Boyko and Clark were both arrested and charged with four counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury (Class C felonies) and three counts of neglect of a dependent where the dependent was put in a situation that endangered the dependents life/health (Class D felonies).




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