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July 19, 2010

Not pictured: 99% of Connecticut

I knew a guy when I was living in California who couldn’t get it out of his head that, because I was from Connecticut, I must have grown up wealthy. I was always trying to tell him that CT is mostly farms and strip malls full of bored teens who’ll turn either to whip hits or getting the hell out of Connecticut (or why not both?). I wish I’d had this story to make my point:

On Sunday, Torrington [CT] police received a tip that several young children were unsupervised and found them living in squalor. After a multi-town search, the parents are being held on bond and the children have been placed in state Department of Children and Families custody.

Inside the Wilson Avenue apartment, police said, they found four children, between the ages of 4 months and 5 years, with a babysitter who would not have been able to get up if they needed help. He had been drinking and has a handicap, the Waterbury Republican-American reports.

One of the children was sleeping in a dirty crib and another was sleeping on the floor near some food, officials said.

One child was so sick with fever that she needed medical care, the Republican-American reports.

The story goes on and on and the details just keep making it sound more and more like Jesus, I must have gone to high school with these parents. The article makes no mention of the apartment being strewn with empty store-brand whip cream containers, but let’s just assume.

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