The parents of four children have been charged after police say the father choked one of the children, who were found living with rotting garbage, animal feces and no food in Wonder Lake.
Jason Lamb, 37, and Jennifer Lamb, 36, of Wonder Lake, were both charged with several counts of child endangerment and reckless conduct. Jason Lamb is also being charged with aggravated domestic battery and domestic battery.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said they responded around 1:30 p.m. October 30 to a residence in the 7800 block of East Maplewood Drive in Wonder Lake for a well-being check.
The investigation began when a concerned citizen, who wished to remain anonymous, contacted the sheriff’s office.
Deputies observed a large amount of rotting garbage outside the residence and made contact with Jason and Jennifer Lamb, who both appeared intoxicated.
Deputies observed the inside of the house was covered in rotting garbage, debris, animal feces, and there was no food in the pantry.
Two firearms were located in areas accessible to the children, according to the sheriff’s office, who said that the guns were taken for safekeeping.
Investigators also learned that Jason Lamb choked one of the children, who are ages 4, 6, 8, and 10.
The children were immediately removed from the residence by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and were placed with a family member.
Jason Lamb was arrested and held on a $50,000 bond. He has since posted bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Jennifer Lamb, who is currently in the hospital on an unrelated matter, authorities said.
The investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Children and Family Services and the McHenry County Child Advocacy Center.