6 Children, 60 Animals Found in ‘Deplorable Conditions’ in Lucerne Valley; Parents in Custody

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More than 60 animals and six children were found in deplorable condition in a home on Chickasaw Trail, shown, in Lucerne Valley, according to the Sheriff's Department. (Credit: Google Maps)

Six children were placed in county custody and their parents were in jail after Sheriff’s Department deputies found the children and more than 60 animals in “deplorable conditions” in a Lucerne Valley home, authorities said Friday.

Deputies were conducting a followup investigation at the home in the 9000 block of Chickasaw Trail (map) Wednesday afternoon when they found living conditions that were “unsuited for the children and the animals,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.

The parents, Venus Mills, 39, and Ronald Mills, 38, were arrested on suspicion of child cruelty and cruelty to animals.

The Mills couple was being held at Victorville jail on $100,000 bail each.

The six children were placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.

The animals, which included dogs, rabbits and birds, were placed in the custody of animal control.

No booking photos or images of the home’s conditions were available, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The home is in a remote area east of the community of Lucerne Valley in the Mojave Desert.