Homeless couple in Gaston County accused of child endangerment

A homeless couple was arrested in Gaston County over the weekend and charged with endangering the lives of three children, according to the Gaston Gazette.

The children, ages 2, 4 and 6, were found by themselves in a car that had gone down an embankment and was stuck in a creek, the Gazette reported.

Heather Leigh Anthony, 27, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of child abuse and Norman Stewart Young, 28, was charged with one felony count of identity theft and three misdemeanor counts of child abuse. He was served with outstanding warrants from Gaston County on counts of failure to appear in court, probation violation and domestic criminal trespass, the Gazette reported.

The children were taken into custody by the Department of Social Services.

Anthony reportedly called 911 Friday and said she was looking for a place to stay after being abandoned by her boyfriend, Young, in the Iron Station area. Officers later found Young walking along Shady Retreat Lane, after he reportedly got his car stuck a half mile away.

The children were found in the car. One had scratches on his body and had not eaten in an undetermined amount of time, the Gazette reported.