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Records Show Child Haven Runaways Lived in Filth

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The house on Grand Mountain Circle where police said children were living in filth. The house on Grand Mountain Circle where police said children were living in filth.
Jerry Nicholas Jerry Nicholas
Theresa Bimbo Theresa Bimbo

LAS VEGAS -- The parents of the five children who ran away from Child Haven Tuesday afternoon only to be found the following day pleaded guilty to contributing to the neglect of a child in 2011.

According to Clark County District Court records, Jerry Nicholas pleaded guilty to the charge in August 2011. He was sentenced to 76 days in county jail, but was released for time served.

His wife, Theresa Bimbo, was sentenced to eight month, but was also released for time served.

Nicholas also has a bench warrant out for failing to appear in court May 30 for a domestic violence charge, Las Vegas Municipal Court spokeswoman Jill Christensen said.

In a criminal complaint filed against Nicholas and his wife, Theresa Bimbo, in June 2011, the couple was facing seven gross misdemeanor counts of child neglect or endangerment for allowing their children to live in unsanitary conditions.

The complaint said the children were living in a "filthy house with urine and feces on the floor, garbage and clutter on the floor." The complaint added that the children had access to "inadequate food."

Police were first alerted to the poor living conditions when neighbors called about several children in the neighborhood street unattended, the arrest report said.

The seven children named in the complaint ranged in age from 18 months to 17 years old.

When officers arrived, one of the children guided them into the house, located in the 9000 block of Grand Mountain Circle. Bimbo came downstairs to meet the officer and appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic, the report said.

When asked to look in the kitchen, officers found little, with the exception of a package of rotten meat, a large container of mayonnaise, a bottle of ketchup, some spices and nine cans of food. The officer at the house described the floor and counters as sticky, stained and covered with old food and garbage, the report said.

Elsewhere in the house, the bathroom floors were covered in urine and feces, and several areas in the house was covered with piles of clothes so that the floor could not be seen. The carpets were also stained and littered with garbage, the report said.

According to the officer at the house, Bimbo did not know which schools her children attended, only that a bus took them there.

During the visit on June 7, 2011, officers learned that Bimbo and Nicholas were on probation and had prior arrests for child neglect. The officer also noted that Nicholas, when he came out of the house to speak with officers, appeared to be under the influence of an unknown narcotic.

Nicholas told officers the house was messy because he and his wife are on disability. When asked to spell his children's names, he could not do so, the report said.

The children were then taken to Child Haven and Bimbo and Nicholas were arrested on seven counts of child neglect.

In November 2009, Nicholas was arrested on a charge of child neglect after police discovered similar filthy living conditions in a house they were living in at the time in the 8200 block of Emerald Isle.

Nicholas and Bimbo told police that they have diminished mental capabilities but had been certified by the state to care for and raise their children.

An even earlier visit by police officers also showed the children living in filthy conditions.

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