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2 arrested for criminal abuse in Laurel County

From Laurel County Sheriff John Root -

Laurel Sheriff's Deputy Tommy Houston arrested two individuals on Sunday afternoon September 22, 2019 at approximately 12:43 PM off of Boardwalk Circle, approximately 2 miles north of London.

This is while Deputy Houston was assisting social services on a referral complaint. When officials arrived at the scene they could hear children inside the residence, but no one would answer the door.

After knocking several times a woman identified as 33 year old Elizabeth Marie Spencer of London answered the door. When officials entered the residence, Deputy Houston noted deplorable living conditions including trash throughout the residence, a roach infestation, spoiled food throughout the residence, and apparently no running water in the bathroom.

Several of the couple's children under the age of 12 apparently resided there. Elizabeth Marie Spencer was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal abuse – second-degree – child 12 or under.

Also arrested was 37 Jeffrey Allen Spencer, Jr of Barbourville St., London charged with criminal abuse second-degree – child 12 or under. This individual was summoned to the residence by officials.

Both were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center. The children were removed by social services.

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