UNION CITY - Two little girls, ages six and eight, have been removed from a Union City apartment which authorities say was filthy and unsafe.

The girl's 31-year-old single mother and her 75-year-old father were in court today answering to charges of abuse and neglect.

Authorities say the conditions came to light earlier this month when police were called to the apartment for a welfare check.

Inside, police say they found rodent droppings everywhere, including on the sofa bed where the little girls sometimes sleep. Authorities also say they found unsecured guns under the grandfather's bed, and child pornography hanging on the walls.

Police also say there was very little food in the house for the girls to eat.

The grandfather is at the Hudson County Jail. The girls have been placed with relatives.