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Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:15 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Oro Valley police have initiated a child abuse investigation into the parents of two young children.

The investigation began last Wednesday, after police responded to a welfare check call at an apartment on the 8200 block of North Oracle.

When police arrived at the apartment, they found a 2-year-old child and a 3-month-old child living in a dog-feces laden apartment.

Both of the children were dirty, and the younger one had a rash on its neck, police documents said.

The documents also noted that cockroaches and other insects were apparent throughout the residence, as was rotting food and an overwhelming stench.

The apartment management company called police to the apartment after calls to the Child Protective Services hotline, which leads to the agency's Phoenix office, were unheeded. The agency said the situation did not meet criteria for immediate response, according to police documents.

The apartment management company contacted the local office of Child Protective Services, which sent officers who took both children into state custody.

The stench inside the apartment caused one of the CPS officials to vomit while conducting an inspection, police documents said.

Police plan to present evidence to the county attorney's office this week, and intend to pursue felony abuse charges against the parents.

No evidence of drugs was found at the apartment. Police think both parents have full-time jobs.

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