Two Hannibal residents face several felonies after Hannibal Police Department Community Service Officers conducted a follow-up investigation on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at a Union St.

Two Hannibal residents face several felonies after Hannibal Police Department Community Service Officers conducted a follow-up investigation on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at a Union St. 

The Community Service Officers investigated the home on the 900 block of Union St. the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 28, stemming from previous property maintenance issues. They requested Hannibal Police Officers respond to the location because one of the residents had multiple warrants, and the officers reported unsanitary living conditions and possible theft of utilities.

When Hannibal Police Officers arrived, they spoke with William M. Franklin, 48, of Hannibal, and Elsie V. Lain, 39, also of Hannibal. The officers reported that four children were living in the house under unsanitary conditions. There were also 11 dogs inside.

Division of Family Services personnel were called to the scene for the children, and employees with the Board of Public Works were contacted due to the theft of utilities. Lain initially gave officers a false name, and was subsequently arrested on four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Tampering with Utilities, Felony Theft, Interfering with an Arrest, 11 counts of Animal Neglect and five outstanding municipal warrants. Franklin was arrested for two counts of Felony Theft and four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

The four children were removed by Division of Family Services and placed with a family member. The 11 animals were taken to the NEMO Humane Shelter.

Lain and Franklin were placed on 24-hour holds at the Marion County Jail., warrants were issued by the 10th Judicial Circuit Court on Wednesday, August 29, charging Lain and Franklin each with four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child Creating a Substantial Risk. Each defendant's bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety, and they both remain lodged in the Marion County Jail.

Franklin and Lain are scheduled to appear for arraignment hearings before Judge John Jackson on Friday, Aug. 31 in Marion County Associate Court.