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California law defines child abuse as (1) physical injury inflicted on a child by another person, (2) sexual abuse, or (3) emotional abuse.
California law defines child neglect as negligent treatment which threatens the child's health or welfare. The different types of child abuse/neglect can be categorized as follows:
Thus, what you've described above is likely child neglect. You can notify your local Child Welfare Service office and seek help for the children to get them out of this unhealthy environment.