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Police: 4 kids found after being abandoned at Metro East motel

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CASEYVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Police found four starving girls Wednesday night at the Motel 6 in Caseyville.

The girls told police their mother left them and she had not been seen in at least three days.

“The room had a foul odor to it. The infants were not clothed. There was trash all over the room,” said Caseyville Chief Frank Moore.

Police took an anonymous tip that a 14 and 13-year-old were digging into trash cans for food. They were trying to care for their 1-year-old twin sisters.

“One-year old's that can't fend for themselves or change themselves. God knows what kind of mess they laid in or if they even had diapers on them,” said Bobbie Lintzenich, who lives in Caseyville.

Police said the mother has a 17-year-old boyfriend. He checked in on the kids but could not help them.

The mother, Crethia Southworth, 33, was arrested the shortly after.

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