"We will look at whether there was follow-through, was it assigned properly and were the rules followed, as well as whether best practices were followed," said Ombudsman Dennis Goodwin Wednesday in the case of the four boys rescued earlier this week.
The family was known to child welfare caseworkers as early as April 2012, The Denver Post reported.
The boys, ages 2, 4, 5, 6, lived in an apartment filled with feces and trash, were not toilet-trained and spoke only in grunts, a police affidavit said.
Their parents, Wayne Sperling, 66, and Lorinda Bailey, 35, were charged with four counts each of felony child abuse on Oct. 3.
Police were called to the home in 2012 and interviewed Bailey as she chain-smoked with a 7-month-old baby on her hip, twice dropping her cigarette twice onto piles of clutter on the floor, the police report states.
"Upon advice from the caseworker, the children were not removed from the home," the report reads, although Sperling was cited for "wrongs to minors" and fined.
Sperling and Bailey had three other children removed from their home in 2006, the newspaper said.
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