Police: Seven kids found living in neglect at motel

Mug shots of Robert Boyko and Marian Clark courtesy the Allen County Sheriff's Department.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  NewsChannel 15 has confirmed the identities of the two adults involved in Wednesday’s child neglect case.

Robert Boyko and Marian Clark are each facing seven felony charges of neglect of a dependent.

Boyko and Clark were charged after police found their seven hungry and dirty children ranging in age from a one-week-old infant to a 14-year-old in what one officer called “deplorable conditions.” Several children had no coats, no socks, and no shoes despite the eight degree temperature at the time.  According to court documents, all of the kids were in dirty clothes and the young ones in dirty diapers.

Police went to the motel after getting a call at about 10:30 a.m. about unsuitable conditions at a room being rented at the Hallmark Inn at 3730 E. Washington. Police were asked to hurry to the scene as Boyko and Clark were apparently trying to drive away with the children.

When they got there, police found a van that had the children inside. In a police report, one officer states that “…the van was in deplorable conditions on the inside. There was trash and junk strewn everywhere. The van also had a putrid smell to it.”

Boyko and Clark jumped out of the unheated van when police arrived and told officers he was going to tell them what was going on. An officer wrote in the police report that “[h]e also had a putrid smell about him. It also appeared he may have some sort of mental deficiency.”

Clark was at the wheel of the van and initially refused to turn over the keys, but she eventually did by throwing them out the window. That’s when she was put in handcuffs and placed in a squad car. Boyko was placed in another squad car.

Police then moved the children into a vacant room of the motel because of the sub-freezing temperatures outside. Police said the children were visibly shaking from the cold. The week-old infant was in the van with only a onesie on.

An older child was zip-tied into his seat and had to be cut out. An officer wrote that this child appeared to be severely autistic and did not speak. A second child also had to be cut out of zip-ties. None of the children seemed to have been bathed in days, according to the police reports.

Police wrapped the children in multiple blankets and gave them food from McDonalds.

The room they had been staying in had food all over the carpet and two cats. Police said the room also had a strong odor of urine.  According to court documents, the children had been eating a loaf of bread, old bologna and chicken wings from the floor of the room.

The infant was taken to the hospital.

A dog found in the back of the van and the two cats left in the room were taken by Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control.

Clark told police the family had been staying at the motel since December 30, 2013, and were not able to bathe the children because there was no hot water at the motel. There was no explanation given as to why they were staying at the hotel.  Clark told police she had $4,000 from Social Security in her purse.

Child Protective Services is investigating along with police.

Police said on Wednesday afternoon that no one had been arrested yet in connection to incident but NewsChannel 15 learned about the charges against Boyko and Clark on Thursday.

Lots of people who know the couple have reached out to NewsChannel 15.  A woman who says she’s Clark’s sister told us the children have always lived in filth, and they’ve reported it to Child Protective Services multiple times.  But she says once they correct the issue, they get the kids back, and then they go back to living like they used to.

The sister said the couple actually has nine children, but two of them have passed away.  The first, Robert Lee Boyko, seven days old from SIDS in December of 2002, and the second, Nichol Jeanetta Boyko, 6-years-old, in July of 2008 due to a heart problem.

The couple took Parkview Hospital to court in August of 2012 after officials took their children from them.  Clark was drug tested after giving birth.  She had a “false positive” for opiates and PCP.  The judge ruled in favor of Parkview and CPS.  See court documents by clicking here.

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