5 Kids Found Drunk at Home Alone & Say Their Parents Made Them Do It

Neighbors of a home in suburban York, Pennsylvania say everything appeared "normal" with the family who lived there -- a husband, wife, and their five children. But in reality, what went on inside was anything but "normal." James and Roxanne Murphy were arrested on a host of charges after one of the children, aged 13, called police to report that he and his siblings -- ranging in age from 9 to 19 -- were all home alone ... and drunk. It only gets worse from there.

The parents were out shopping. The children were drunk or had taken sleeping pills -- reportedly courtesy of their parents, who left them with beer and pills and told them to indulge in order to sleep while they were away. It gets worse.

Inside every room were animals -- from cats to lizards to a pot-bellied pig. We're just getting started.

The youngest boy told police he'd never been to school. Scattered around the house were sex toys, child pornography, and a rifle.

One of the children told police his father had tried to burn off his penis with a hot knife.

If this house appeared normal to neighbors, neighbors either weren't paying very much attention -- or people certainly can put on quite an act. I'd say it was both.

But the kids inside knew this wasn't normal. Amazingly, considering this must have been their entire lives, they knew. And one of them found the courage to call cops. I can only imagine the loneliness, despair, and inner pain that drove a child to do that, considering he must have known that this would mean his parents -- horrible parents, but still, the only parents he ever knew -- would end up in jail.

And indeed that is where they are, and where they belong. In jail. Hopefully, they will stay there for a very long time. And hopefully the children can eventually climb their way out of the tragic muck they grew up in and find a peaceful life.

Do you ever suspect your neighbors of child abuse?


Image via York County Prison

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I wonder if they hoped the kids would be dead when they returned home.They are a couple of sick fucks.I have never understood people who don't want kids have them and five to boot.She's a real beauty.

worms... wormspoop

Not saying it was right to get the 13 year old drunk, but maybe the booze gave him a "i don't give a fuck what might happen" attitude and gave him the courage to turn them in. And maybe the neighbors were just minding their own business, don't try to blame others for anothers actions. Just kinda sound like you were implying that the neighbor should have known.

craft... craftycatVT

Why is it that these kinds of people always reproduce? ICK!

Karen Brown

That is so beyond disgusting, my God !!!!!! I cannot believe any parent would do any such thing to a child !!!!!!!! May those two rot in prison for all I care !!!!!!!! Throw them in prison & please for God's sake, throw away the damn key !!!!!!!!! See how they like being treated like pigs !!!!!!! Give these kids a fighting chance at some sort of normal life !!!!!!!!!! Good luck to each and every one of these 5 children !!!!!!!!!!!! What pigs these two, I have a hard time even calling them parents, people are !!!!!! BARF !!!!!!! I am so disgusted !!!!!!!!!!!

weird... weirdkids

the sad thing is that this happens all the time. sometimes its not even the parents but their friends parents etc. as for the question, not in recent years have i suspevted a neighbor of child abuse. neglect yes, but not abuse. however i will say i wouldnt be at all surprised if they suspected us lol. 5 kids, 3 are adhd, 1 lacks common sense and 1 is 2yrs old lol with how loud they can get? god forbid you tickle them or something they scream so loud you would think they were being murdered lol its always followed by laughter.

Kimberly Ann Near

All I wonder is why was RIFLE bold? Shouldn't CHILD PORNOGRAPHY be?? I mean, really, just because they had a gun, specifically a rifle, doesn't mean that they are evil people. Child pornography means they're bad people. Not a RIFLE.

Dawn Cole Galla

sick to my stomach right now..how can parents be like this????BURN IN HELL!!

Jennifer Yeatts McCready

I'll take a couple of th kids. I wish I could take them all. I hope the parents rot in hell

problip problip

I am from york and recently read this story in the paper. They have moved 4 times before ending up here everytime someone comes close to finding out the truth about this horrible families secret. As for neighbors, i know the street as the newspaper told the world where it had happened, there really was no neighbors. and as for friends, since the youngest only being nine has never been to school is saying that maybe none were currently in school to make friends. also the children didn't have the option to "indulge" in the pills and alcohol, they had an option to drink themselves to sleep or the mother who called all of her children liars about everything to force them to take sleeping pills. sadly this all happened around christmas time and the parents wanted the children to be asleep so they could go 5 minutes down the road to the local walmart to get them christmas gifts, how sweet (sarcasm) also not very logical considering there was a 19 year old there who should have been more than capible of making sure the children got to bed safely. also not to put the blogger down but get all your facts before reporting something that should only be local news to the local public, these children have had enough they don't need people exploiting to start a riot on the internet considering they are safe and the parents are in jail.

merma... mermaid13dragon

um disturbing! glad the losers are in jail. poor kids :(

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