KILLINGLY, Conn. (WTNH) – Three more people have been arrested in connection with a child neglect case in the Danielson section of Killingly where three children were found to be neglected and living in squalor conditions.
The mother of the children, Donna Rodeheffer, was arrested in November on multiple child neglect charges. On Monday, the father of the children, along with his two brothers, who had gone to Arizona after Rodeheffer’s arrest returned to Connecticut where they were arrested and face multiple charges.
State Police say 24-year-old Nicholas Emory, the father of the children, is charged with negligent cruelty to persons (3 counts), injury/risk of injury/impairing the morals of children (3 counts) and possessing child pornography. Nicholas Emory’s two brothers, 33-year-old James Emory, and 39-year-old Jason Emory, are both charged with 3 counts of injury/impairing the morals of children and possessing child pornography.
The three men deny sexually abusing the children but Nicholas told police when he would watch child pornography on his laptop and masturbate “the two female victims would be in the same bed with him watching television.”
His mother who also lived in the home and has not been charged. The three brothers were ordered held on a total $175,000 bond each.
According to a State Police investigation, the three children, ages 6, 5 and 3, rarely left the Danielson home they lived in and did not attend school. The children were found with a sickly appearance being undersized, with rotten or missing teeth, and yellow toenails.
Police say the children were malnourished, dehydrated, bug infested, and were still in diapers. The children could not talk when found in July. The home was also described as dark, dirty, unsanitary, smelling of a strong odor and not a suitable environment for children.
It was during an investigation into child pornography that the 3 children were found to be living in unsanitary conditions and being mistreated.