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Police: Couple’s home ‘deplorable’

Allen and Renee Brumbaugh were arrested Saturday after Altoona police responded to the couple’s First Avenue home and allegedly found children living in squalor.

According to charges filed by before Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio, officers were called to the home about 5 p.m. Saturday for a report of a suicidal woman, and after finding Renee Brumbaugh in the attic, holding two knives and with superficial cuts to her forearms, police learned she had beaten Allen Brumbaugh with a metal curtain rod after the pair started arguing.

Police said the metal road was found and it was bent from Renee Brumbaugh allegedly striking her husband. She was charged with simple assault after she was taken to UPMC Altoona for medical treatment.

Both Brumbaughs were charged with multiple counts of endangering the welfare of a child after police saw the conditions of the home where the couple lived with five children between the ages of 7 months and 6 years.

Police called the conditions “deplorable” with trash and clothing strewn throughout the house and nails scattered on the floor in the second-floor rooms, according to the charges. Police also found pieces of drywall, small and large, throughout the rooms of the home and sharp tools were left within the reach of the small children.

Police noted only three of the children were at the home at the time police arrived — the 7-month-old, a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old — and the children were placed in the custody of family members at the order of Blair County Children, Youth & Families.

Bail was set for both Brumaughs at 10 percent of $25,000 by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner, and they remain in Blair County Prison. A preliminary hearing is slated for Dec. 11 at Central Court.

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