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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A 54-year-old disabled grandmother brought her two young grandchildren to live with her after their mother was arrested on a domestic violence charge last year.
The father is also in jail, according to a caseworker who knows the family.
Police officers called the grandmother to pick up the two girls, and they came to her home with little more than the clothes on their backs.
"They're adorable little girls," the caseworker said.
The grandmother is struggling to support the family. She receives $698 a month in Supplemental Security Income along with $301 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and $295 in food stamps.
This money barely covers expenses and leaves no room for some items the family needs.
The girls, 6 and 3, are sleeping in toddlers' beds they have outgrown, the caseworker said. The sparsely furnished bedroom also lacks a dresser and a small area rug.
"She doesn't have the means to buy new beds," the caseworker said. "She is a good, hardworking lady, and she sacrifices her needs for the needs of the grandchildren."
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