Miami County couple arrested on child neglect charges

(Left to right) Richard Avery Jr. and Heather Avery (Provided Photos)
(Left to right) Richard Avery Jr. and Heather Avery (Provided Photos)

MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – A Miami County couple has been arrested and is facing neglect charges following a month-long investigation by Indiana State Police.

According to a release, detectives arrested 30-year-old Richard Avery, Jr. and 28-year-old Heather Avery. An investigation began after authorities received information from the Miami County Division of the Indiana Department of Child Services that the Averys’ two daughters, ages 4 and 5, were being neglected.

After investigating, officials found the home the children were living in was not safe. Police say the home had unsanitary living conditions, plumbing problems, and was a general fire hazard.

Authorities also say the children had dental and medical issues because of living in poor hygiene and dirty conditions. They were taken into the custody of the Miami County Division of the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Richard Avery Jr. and Heather Avery have been preliminarily charged with neglect of a dependent and taken to the Miami County Jail with a bond of $10,000 each.

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