Woman accused of forcing 8-year-old daughter to live in filth appears in court

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Parents accused of keeping their young daughter in a filthy home appeared in court Monday.

Leah and Douglas Dyer face child abuse charges. They're accused of forcing their 8-year-old daughter to live in deplorable conditions inside their home.

Leah Douglas appeared before a judge Monday morning. Her husband, Douglas has a court date scheduled later. He was at her side in the courtroom, though.

As they left court Monday, all they said with the camera warning was that the charges against them are "the media's fault."

The arrest affidavit shows their home was littered with animal feces.

Investigators say the girl couldn't walk or talk and was not toilet trained when they came to the home in October 2013. The arrests of her parents came after several months of investigation.

Neighbors say the girl was was taken away from them before. "It's very creepy and it's very disturbing and I really hope they get them out of there 'cause I don't feel safe for the kids."

The girl was placed in foster care and officials say she is making excellent progress. She has gained weight, she's grown several inches and she's progressing in speech therapy.

Leah and Douglas Dyer are both out of jail on $10,000 bond each.

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