Six children were removed from their Uniontown home after investigators found them living in filth and animal waste.
Police said their mother was addicted to online computer games, so she neglected her children and didn’t clean the house for years.
The children’s stepfather, James Boord, spoke with Channel 11 outside the Mifflin Avenue home on Tuesday.
Boord said his wife, Elizabeth Ruffner, is so obsessed with online games that she neglected her six children, all under the age of 11.
“There was no food in the cupboards. The bedrooms had mattresses on the floor with no sheets or pillows. It looked like they got these mattresses out of the junk yard. They were just filthy,” said Mike Garrow Sr. of Uniontown police.
The children’s stepfather did make an effort, police said. Boord told Channel 11 it was hard for him to handle the six kids alone.
“I’ve been working, and I couldn’t have been home to take care of them. I cleaned them. I gave them their baths at night before school. I cleaned up after them. It just became too much for me to do,” said Boord.
Ruffner wouldn’t come outside to talk to Channel 11. Youth services took her children, but Boord said she still has her computer.
Police plan to file felony child endangerment charges in this case.
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