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Two Hannibal residents arrested, facing endangering child charges

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Aug. 29, 2018 7:20 pm Updated: Aug. 29, 2018 7:45 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Two Hannibal residents were arrested Tuesday after police said they were allowing children to live in unsanitary conditions.

Arrested and later charged were Elise V. Lain, 39, and William M. Franklin, 48, on four counts of endangering the welfare of a child creating a substantial risk.

The Hannibal Police Department said community service officers were conducting a follow-up investigation on property maintenance issues at a home in the 900 block of Union when they requested patrol officers to respond because a person with multiple warrants was living in unsanitary living conditions and possibly stealing utilities.

Police said Lain and Franklin, along with four children, were living in unsanitary conditions. There reportedly were 11 dogs in the home.

Lain allegedly provided police with a false name.

The Division of Family Services with the Missouri Department of Social Services removed the four children and placed them with a family member. The dogs were taken to the Northeast Missouri Humane Society.

Lain and Franklin are being held in the Marion County Jail, each on $50,000 bond.

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