Manchester couple charged with endangering children

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MANCHESTER — A 36-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were arrested in Manchester earlier this month.

On January 7, authorities were notified of a young boy on Lake Avenue who was yelling out of a window, saying he could not get out.

Police say they heard the boy yelling and saw him in a sunroom with bars on the window.

Police knocked on the door and could immediately smell a strong odor coming from inside.

A man, identified as Steven Legault, came to the door and stepped outside.

Police told him they needed to check on the well-being of the child.

Legault was hesitant but ultimately agreed to let them in.

Police say the conditions in the home were deplorable.

There was a gate in front of the sunroom door, and the door was shut.

When Legault opened it, officers saw a wet, discolored mattress and feces on the floor.

Along with the boy in the sunroom, there were four other children in the house, all under 14.

The children were removed from the home due to the unfit living conditions.

Through the course of the investigation, police were able to issue warrants for the adult members of the household, Steven Legault, and Candace Krauklin.

Both were arrested yesterday and charged with felony criminal restraint and 5 counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Krauklin also faces a felony charge of witness tampering.

They will be arraigned today in Hillsborough Superior Court North.

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