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Four young adults were jailed early Tuesday morning after North Platte police found two children locked in an animal kennel inside a house.

Officers responded to a call about a home on the 2400 block of East E St. at the edge of Key Estates mobile home park, where they checked the welfare of four children who lived there, according to Police Lt. Rich Hoaglund.

Upon entrance, officers found the residence to be unsanitary and unsafe for children. There was trash, dirty clothing, food, animal feces and animal urine throughout the residence, Hoaglund said.

Two children, ages five and three, were in a wire animal kennel with a mattress inside, and the door to the kennel was secured with a wire tie, Hoaglund said.

Two other children, an 8-year-old and an 8-month-old baby, were not in the kennel but were in unsafe conditions, Hoaglund said.

Four adults occupying the home were arrested. Hoaglund said they were fully aware of the living conditions and confinement of the two children.

The four adults are Bryson L. Eyten, 25; Samantha J. Eyten, 24; Ashly A. Clark, 22 and Lacy J. Beyer, 20.

All four are charged with two counts of felony child abuse, two counts of first-degree false imprisonment, and misdemeanor child abuse. Their bonds were set Tuesday at $50,000 and they were ordered to have no contact with their children.

The police placed the children in the custody of Health and Human Services, Hoaglund said.

Hoaglund told the Associated Press that the 3-year-old and 5-year-old boys apparently slept in the kennel, and their mother Ashley Clark said they were kept there because she was afraid they might climb out the window.

Hoaglund also told AP there was no evidence suggesting the children were physically abused or malnourished.

Bryson and Samantha Eyten are parents of the 8-year-old and 8-month-old children, AP reported.

This report was published Tuesday morning and updated Tuesday night.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 10/25/2011
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