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Emily Tardy, 29, and Steven Crane, 38, were arrested in San Jacinto on suspicion of abusing their two children, authorities said. (Credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department)

Each night for more than a year, two children in Riverside County were locked inside a room and barred from even using the bathroom, authorities said Wednesday.

After uncovering the “deplorable conditions” in the family’s San Jacinto home, sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday arrested the children’s parents on suspicion of felony child abuse, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Emily Tardy, 29, and Steven Crane, 38, are being held in county jail, each on $35,000 bond, and are scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning. It’s unclear whether either has retained an attorney.

The children, whose names were not released, are believed to have attended school but each night were imprisoned in a room in their family’s home in the 1600 block of Santa Fe Avenue, Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Vasquez said.