SUFFOLK-Suffolk Police say they recovered two young children from filthy conditions inside a chained and padlocked camper.
Authorities say they found the situation while searching a home on North Division Street as part of a gang investigation.
Spokeswoman Diana Klink says officers heard children crying in the camper, which was behind the home, and had to force their way through the chained and padlocked door.
Once inside, Klink says they found a two-year-old girl and a six-month-old boy home alone. She said the camper's windows were closed, it had no running water, no air conditioning and a power cord which ran from the home to the trailer was the only supply of electricity.
Conditions in the trailer were deplorable, officers say, noting they found soiled diapers, feces and urine-covered bedding, a flea infestation and rotten floor boards.
Klink also says the children were in dirty diapers and were covered with bug bites. The infant boy was having difficulty breathing.
Authorities say their mother, 23-year-old Jaronda Rena Wilson of Newport News, returned to the camper after going to the store with her boyfriend to purchase beer.
He told 13News he lived in the camper and that Laron Huston Neal was watching the kids while they went to the store.
As for the condition, he said the baby boy has bronchitis and the kids had mosquito bites.
She and the 22-year-old Neal were later charged with Abuse and Neglect of Children, Reckless Disregard and Cruelty and Injuries to Children.
Neal, Wilson's brother-in-law, lived at the N. Division home and would occasionally babysit, Klink told WVEC.com.
The children were removed by Child Protective Services for medical treatment and have been released to their grandfather in Newport News.
The property has since been condemned due to the conditions in the residence and the trailer.