Thompson, N.D. man found guilty on 2 of 3 chargesA jury has found a Thompson man guilty on two of three counts of child abuse and neglect.
By: Victor Correa, WDAZ
A jury has found a Thompson man guilty on two of three counts of child abuse and neglect.
32-year-old James Hume now faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. That's a maximum penalty of 5 years for each felony conviction.
James Hume was charged with these felonies after Grand Forks County Sheriff's deputies found him living in a garage attached to his parent's house with his three children 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 and admitted several times the living conditions of the house were not safe for children and garage was not ideal either.
Hume, had moved there as a means to transfer his probation to North Dakota after receiving a felony charge of Forgery in Oregon. He then turned the garage into his own living quarters and says he never allowed the children inside his parents home.
Hume says the children were only in the garage with him for three hours August 3rd, when police arrived.
Hume's testimony conflicted with several other witnesses -- such as two officers who said Hume told them on August 3rd the children had slept in the garage before and bathed in the house. Despite the lengthy discussion by the Jury -- the prosecution was happy with the result.