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EXETER – Police found two toddlers sleeping in an apartment filled with feces and garbage when arresting a woman on burglary charges and her live-in boyfriend for hindering her apprehension, according to charges filed.

Jennifer Lynn Wilcox, 21, and Kyle Richard McKay, 23, both of Schooley Avenue, were arraigned Thursday by District Judge Michael Dotzel in Wilkes-Barre Township.

Wilcox was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children, possession of drug paraphernalia, burglary and criminal trespass. She was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

McKay was charged with two counts each of endangering the welfare of children and hindering apprehension, and a single count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

According to the criminal complaints:

Pittston police obtained an arrest warrant for Wilcox on Wednesday after she allegedly forced her way into a residence on East Columbus Avenue and took two space heaters on Tuesday.

Exeter police went to the Schooley Avenue apartments searching for Wilcox, and no one answered the door.

Police later spotted two men, one of them identified as McKay, leaving the apartment and driving away in a vehicle that stopped at a nearby convenience store. McKay told police Wilcox was staying at her mother's house in Exeter Township.

After police left McKay, he allegedly called Wilcox and told her police were searching for her, the complaints say.

Police went to the Exeter Township residence and learned Wilcox was staying with McKay at the Schooley Avenue apartment complex. Police returned to the apartment, knocking on the front and rear doors. An apartment manager arrived as Wilcox was taken into custody.

McKay was arrested for hindering Wilcox's capture, according to the complaints.

The two toddlers were found sleeping in diapers and were turned over to a family member.

Police said the apartment was filled with feces and garbage and had spoiled food on kitchen counters. A pipe commonly used to smoke crack cocaine and two prescription bottles were inside one of the toddler's bedrooms, the complaints allege.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled on March 6.

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