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Published September 18, 2013, 02:13 PM

Thompson, N.D., man denies neglecting children

The trial for a Thompson man accused of child abuse is now in the hands of a jury. 32-year-old James Hume faces a maximum of 15 years in prison if he's convicted of all three felony counts of child neglect and abuse.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

The trial for a Thompson man accused of child abuse is now in the hands of a jury. 32-year-old James Hume faces a maximum of 15 years in prison if he's convicted of all three felony counts of child neglect and abuse.

James Hume was charged with the felonies after Grand Forks County Sheriff's deputies found him living in a garage attached to his parent's house in Reynolds.

In that house police found at least 30 cats, several dogs, geese, a large snake and chickens. Urine and cat feces littered the floors and Hume testified in court Wednesday that his parents are hoarders and admits the living conditions are not safe for children.

Hume, charged with forgery in Oregon, attempted to transfer his probation to North Dakota. In order to do so he needed to have an established residence. He says the only place he had was his parents' home. He then turned the garage into his own living quarters and says he never allowed the children inside his parents home and were only in the garage with him for three hours August 3rd when police arrived.

By September, Hume's children were returned to him by the children's mother whom was facing personal issues. They've remained in his care since September of 2012 where he now lives with his fiance and her two children in Thompson.

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