SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sioux Falls police have removed a 10-year-old girl from a house with no electricity or running water and arrested her parents.

Authorities searched the home Wednesday after receiving a tip about a dead animal. Police spokesman Sam Clemens says garbage was piled outside of the house, and maggots lined the driveway.

Inside the house police found drugs and animal feces.

The Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/2raIfzv ) reports three men in the house came outside. Police found a woman hiding under a bed. Clemens says she told officers she was the only one in the house, but officers found the 10-year-old girl hiding behind a dresser.

The girls’ parents were arrested on suspicion of multiple charges, including abuse and neglect.

The girl did not need medical attention and was taken into protective custody.

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