Parents Charged in Death of Adult Son

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Lexington police have charged the parents of a man found dead in a motel room with murder and exploitation.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports 58-year-old Peggy Whitlock and 64-year-old Jerry Lakes were arrested Monday in the death of their son, 24-year-old Gerald Lee Lakes.

Police say Gerald Lakes was found dead on March 13 in a room at the Knights Inn. Police say two other adults found in the room were emaciated and were taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital to be treated.

At the time they were found, police said that one or both of the malnourished people had mental or physical disabilities.

It was unclear whether the couple has an attorney.

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