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The five children who were living in a filthy shed in the Lowcountry have been located, and their parents are facing multiple child abuse charges, according to authorities.
All five children were turned over to the custody of the S.C. Department of Social Services, the sheriff’s office said.

Sheriff R.A. Strickland was called by animal control to a home on Rowe Lane on Thursday about a dog bite reported earlier in the day, according to a Monday news release from the sheriff’s office. Deputies found a building that was barely visible because of the debris covering the area, including “mass amounts” of clothing hanging from rope tied to almost every tree around it.

Inside the 12-by-12 makeshift building, deputies found filthy conditions including loft beds lining the floor and walls that were covered in mold because of leaks in the building; cardboard boxes lining the walls; bed linen and pillows that were stained dark brown; and empty alcohol containers and stale food on the floor, according to the release.

There was no running water for bathing or drinking in the shed and no electricity, according to the sheriff’s office. The area around the shed was cluttered with children’s toys, random chemicals, cookware filled with rotting food, mounds of trash and an old car tire full of fecal matter from being used as a toilet.

A neighbor told investigators that five children and two adults live in the shed along with four animals, according to the release. The man who claimed the shed was his, Charlie Kidwell, arrived at the scene disgruntled and asked lawmen why they were there.

Charlie Kidwell told deputies he, his wife and their kids “sometimes live there,” the release states. He added that his wife and children permanently live in Summerville but could not recall the address when questioned about it.
https://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article224019965.html
Kidwell claimed his religion allowed him not to provide necessities to the children.
https://myfox8.com/2019/01/07/father-arrested-deputies-searching-for-mother-5-children-believed-to-be-living-in-filthy-south-carolina-shed/
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Old Man Metal

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Charlie Kidwell told deputies he, his wife and their kids “sometimes live there,” the release states.
It's their vacation home. The rest of the year they live in a ten-by-ten earthen pit under an overpass in Charleston.
 

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Victoria

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Kidwell claimed his religion allowed him not to provide necessities to the children.

And what religion would that be? Oh wait a minute, I think I may know.

I bet that his religion is …

"I don't give a fuck for anything."
 

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Craygor

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There was no running water for bathing or drinking in the shed and no electricity, according to the sheriff’s office. The area around the shed was cluttered with children’s toys, random chemicals, cookware filled with rotting food, mounds of trash and an old car tire full of fecal matter from being used as a toilet.
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I see a bag of sugar, so at least some carbs were available for the little ones.
 

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Kidwell claimed his religion allowed him not to provide necessities to the children.

And what religion would that be? Oh wait a minute, I think I may know.

I bet that his religion is …

"I don't give a fuck for anything."
AKA, mind over matter: he doesn't mind cuz they don't matter.
 

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I see a bag of sugar, so at least some carbs were available for the little ones.
I also see flour. It might have bugs tho
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That picture is crazy. What shitty parents
 

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Craygor

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From Krystal's last public FB post

Precious Krystal Kidwell
April 16, 2018 ·
Started New Job at Stay-at-home parent

April 16, 2018 — Momma


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More like, she is a "Stay-at-Pigsty Parent"
 

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Muriel Schwenck

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then told deputies that he was Mennonite and it didn’t require him to provide necessities such as running water or electricity,
I think this man's brain is addled and pickled.
He is technically correct.
But Mennonites are still required to provide a safe and secure home with nutritious food. There doesn't have to be running water, but there has to be a safe water supply. Mennonites don't need electricity because they have alternate safe lighting, and keep their children warm with a decent stove which they keep supplied with wood they chopped themselves or purchased with honest labor.
Mennonites don't shit in a tire, they dig a pit and build an outhouse over it. They don't have moldy damp rooms, they chop wood and heat their homes. Mennonites don't forgo laundry duties and just keep hanging clothes outside, then go to some donation place and get more clothes, they fetch more wood, heat water and wash clothes.
Mennonite children don't have scabies and lice because the parents work hard to heat some water to bathe their children regularly, and provide clean bedding.

Living off the grid doesn't excuse neglect.
You know what else Mennonites insist on? Moderate or no drinking, and no drugs.
 

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@Muriel Schwenck that really does not describe modern Mennonites, they aren't primitive. They often do have electricity, but do not rely on the power grid. They don't usually have outhouses, they typically have septic systems. Most do have running water. Plenty even have washing machines now (although I mostly have seen line drying in Lancaster County). I do believe Internet and TV are still taboo though. I try to pass through the area and stop in the shops when I can, they're friendly and kind as fuck and sell some high quality produce.

I agree that they aren't necessarily expected or required to have these utilities, but the majority today do. They're known for being skilled builders so they know how to live off the grid while still enjoying minor amenities. Plenty of their houses look fantastic in Lancaster County, and seem to be maintained better than most of rural PA. But yes they are expected to provide for their families, keep them working, and you're damn right that they aren't cool with substance abuse.
 

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Muriel Schwenck

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that really does not describe modern Mennonites,
Yes, I know it doesn't. Sorry I did not specify that.
I was describing the 1895 "Mennonite" that he made up for an excuse.
And like I said, living off the grid is no excuse for child neglect.
 
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Muriel Schwenck

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Love the wallpaper.
Absolutely. It just screams trash child neglect! A fire trap of corrugated cardboard doesn't just cover the mold and rot on old plywood and particle board, it really does provide insulation in a shack, especially when several layers deep.
Personally, I would use a staple gun to reduce the fire hazard. Don't want cardboard dangling while I whip up some dollar store mac n cheese for the young uns on the primus stove.
 
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