Two parents whose children were found dirty, illiterate and infested with lice could serve up to almost a decade behind bars.
William Medl and Kimberly Block, each 44 of Levittown, were each sentenced to 3 to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty to subjecting their three young children to a nomadic lifestyle thanks to their drug addiction.
The couple’s 7 and 8 year olds were found by social workers filthy, unable to recite the alphabet and with rotting teeth as they did not know their last name and never attended school. Along with their 2-year-old brother, they had a head full of lice, leading to their heads being shaved. The trio had 31 teeth pulled as well due to severe decay.
Medl and Block led their children throughout the county, living in motels and cars while feeding their opioid addiction. The couple were first addicted to the drug almost a decade ago when they were prescribed painkillers for back injuries. After the prescription expired, they resorted to heroin. The children were taken on shoplifting trips as well as on runs to buy the “adult medicine.”
Block said in court she was “horrified about what happened to the kids. I’m a shell of the person I used to be. … I do love my children very much. I’ll spend the rest of my life making it up to them.”
Deputy District Attorney Kate Kohler argued that it shouldn’t have taken police intervention to get the couple to stop neglecting their children.
“I just can’t wrap my mind around how three little kids aren’t enough for you to get clean,” she said. “I can’t imagine a more aggravated case of endangering the welfare of children.”