Probation for Ephrata family with 100-plus animals, infant in home

By on April 9, 2014

Three members of an Ephrata family have been placed on probation for subjecting an infant boy to live in a filthy mobile home, along with more than 100 animals.

William, 24, and Pearl Herman, 25 &tstr; the boy’s parents &tstr; each will serve three years on probation, while the boy’s grandfather, Robert Herman Sr., will serve two years, according to an Intelligencer Journal article.

All were charged last year with misdemeanor child endangerment when investigators found the 1-year-old boy living in “deplorable conditions.” The men also were charged with animal cruelty.

The mobile home contained 105 animals in all, including parakeets, pigs, dogs, turtles, chickens, a dead rabbit and a chinchilla.

Robert Herman Sr. said at a previous court hearing the family had planned to buy a farm and temporarily housed the animals in a mobile home in the 800 block of East Main Street, the article said.

All three pleaded guilty; the parents were sentenced last month.

Assistant District Attorney Christine L. Wilson, who prosecuted the case, said urine and feces were on the floors and splattered on walls.

Officials wore Haz-Mat gear inside to investigate the home, Wilson said.

The child is living with the parents in another home.

Many of the animals were relocated to homes by Lancaster County Animal Response Team, according to Wilson.

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