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A Mandan man and woman who police say neglected children in a dirty house where guns and knives were accessible will go to trial in October, according to court documents.

Colby Ereth, 33, and Hope Althoff, 26, were arrested in late June after Mandan police were called to check on the welfare of children playing outside without supervision. Two children outside and another in the home, all under the age of 8, wore dirty clothes and needed bathing, according to authorities.

The home “appeared to be demolished,” police said at the time, with garbage, dog food and dirty diapers on the floor. Guns and ammunition were unsecured and accessible to the children, the affidavit said. Police also said that inside the home they found a dog, a cat and an iguana, all in cages and in poor condition.

Ereth pleaded not guilty last week to four felony drug charges, three felony child neglect charges, and misdemeanor animal neglect charges, court documents show.

Ereth’s trial is scheduled to start Oct. 3. Althoff is listed as a co-defendant in the case. She faces three counts of felony child abuse and a misdemeanor animal abuse charge.

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Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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