Trial date set for parents charged with neglect

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

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) -The couple who is accused of keeping their seven children in “deplorable conditions” at a Fort Wayne motel had their hearings on Monday. Their trials will be held in July.

Robert Boyko and Marian Clark, both of Monroeville, are each facing seven felony charges of neglect of a dependent. Police found their seven hungry and dirty children ranging in age from a one-week-old infant to a 14-year-old at a room being rented at the Hallmark Inn at 3730 E. Washington on January 8. 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 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.

The room they had been staying in at the Hallmark Inn 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.

Boyko and Clark are scheduled to go to trial on July 15 and 16 for the various neglect charges. They have both had their bond set at $25,000.

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