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Father bound to Superior Court on 2 child cruelty charges

A Columbus man arrested Friday on child cruelty charges after police and state workers found two children living in a mobile home littered with trash and infested with insects today was ordered held on $10,000 bond to Muscogee County Superior Court.

Jeffery Dykes, 27, of Lot 801, 3150 Plateau Drive, pleaded not guilty to two counts of child cruelty in Columbus Recorder's Court, but Judge Mary Buckner found probable cause that the crimes had occurred. She ordered a $5,000 bond on each of the two cases and Dykes was returned to Muscogee County Jail.

Heather Dykes, 24, also was charged with the same offenses, but posted bond and was not required to be present for today's hearing.

Police and child welfare workers reported the mobile home in which the couple lived with their 1- and 3-year-old daughters was "uninhabitable." Trash was found on the floor of every room and dirty diapers and food was found throughout the bug-infested residence, according to reports.

The children were removed and placed in the custody of their paternal grandmother.

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