LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Authorities acting on a tip removed five boys and two women — most of them mentally handicapped — from a basement where they had been held and placed them in protective custody, police said.
A couple living in the home where the seven were discovered Tuesday had adopted the boys, ages 5 to 14, and were caring for the two women, who are in their 50s, Sgt. Bill Gleason said.
"Medical personnel responded to the house and checked them out and I don't believe any were taken for treatment, so I believe they were OK," he said.
Detectives interviewed the couple, but no charges were filed, Gleason said.
Police described three of the five boys and both women as mentally handicapped.
Social workers involved with the two adults had been "a little bit thwarted" in their attempts to check on them because the family had recently moved to the home, said Jim Laughman, chief of human services for Lancaster County.
"They indicated their house was cluttered with boxes and asked to meet outside the home," he said.
A judge placed the children in foster care while the two women were put in respite care run by a mental health agency, Laughman said.
The state Welfare Department is investigating, spokeswoman Stacey Ward said.