The city's social service agency is housing troubled children in a downtown office building overnight where they sleep upright in plastic chairs.

Outraged child welfare advocates have lodged a complaint about the five-month-old practice with the agency's own abuse and neglect hot line.

"They have protective service workers in there who see the children in this condition and they are not doing anything about it apparently," Mirviss said.

The facility has no showers, and no blankets, pillows or towels are visible, Mirviss told The (Baltimore) Sun after touring the building last week with DSS Director Samuel Chambers Jr.

Mirviss said the boys sleep on plastic chairs in the lobby, while the girls sleep in another room on chairs or on one of four thin mattresses on the floor.

He said the office building is not licensed for child care, and the state appears to be violating the terms of the 16-year-old consent decree that established explicit standards of care.