Mother, father accused of child abuse

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HOUSTON - A mother and father have been accused of physically abusing and neglecting their three young children.

Darren Denley, 22, and Elise Penn, 22, were both charged with two counts of injury to a child.

According to court documents, police were called out to the family's southwest Houston apartment on July 25 after Penn's mother called Child Protective Services about the children's welfare. The grandmother said the children had cigarette burns, bruises and were malnourished. 

An officer said he found the children upstairs and the 11-month-old, 2-year-old and 3-year-old appeared dirty and malnourished. The officer said the 2-year-old also had a black eye. 

According to court documents, Denley told the officer the grandmother had no business calling the police because nothing was wrong with the children.

The children were taken to Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital where they were treated for malnutrition and broken bones.  

Denley and Penn are being held on $30,000 bond for each count.

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