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A couple arrested last month when Anacortes Police rescued a one year old child from what Police Chief Bonnie Bowers called “horrific, filthy and dangerous conditions” in a garage have pleaded not guilty to charges in the case, including first-degree criminal mistreatment.

Thirty-nine year old Sarah Margaret Hall-Hilsinger and 33-year old James Cody Durfee entered not guilt pleas in Skagit County Superior Court on Thursday. Hall-Hilsinger is also charged with heroin possession and maintaining a vehicle or premises for drug trafficking. Durfee is also charged with possession of heroin and Oxycodone.

The two were arrested on Dec. 7 after Anacortes Police, investigating a telephone tip, discovered the one-year old infant in a crib in the unheated garage of a home in the 800 block of 23rd St.

The crib was so packed with assorted things, a police officer couldn't tell right off if a child was in the crib. In the above police photo, obtained through a public records request, the infant's face is hidden by a black rectangle. 

At the time of the arrest, Chief Bowers said, “This one bothers me. This is a victim that had no way to taking care of himself.” She said cases like this one is why police work so diligently on drug cases.

The child was taken to Island Hospital for treatment and evaluation, then released to Child Protective Services. He was later taken to Swedish Medical Center in Mill Creek where he was treated for severe diaper rash.

Hall-Hilsinger’s bail is set at $150,000 and Durfee’s bail is $200,000. No trail date has been set.

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74 Deaths
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