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Parents of 4 children charged with child abuse

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MAPLETON -- The parents of a family of four children ages 5 months to 13 years face felony child abuse charges after investigators discovered the children living in a wet trailer home covered with dirt and mold.

Misty Renee Byrd, 31, of Dickinson, was charged Monday in Cass County District Court with four counts of Class C felony abuse or neglect of a child. Nathan James Roper, who is 39 or 40, of Mapleton, was charged Aug. 8 with three of the same counts.

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