bindy you didn't post the worst of it...
MARIETTA, Ga. (CBS) During the summer, young children usually
spend time outdoors frolicking in sprinklers, riding bicycles, and
playing with friends.
Two young sisters from Georgia have spent
their summer - and most of their lives - locked inside their
filth-ridden house surrounded by cockroaches, fleas, and "giant
spiders," authorities say.
Cobb County Police invaded the
home near Marietta on Monday, Aug. 16, and have since charged James and
Anne Cardona with felony child cruelty, and contributing to the
delinquency of a minor, reports The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
police first entered the dilapidated home, they were taken aback by the
smell of "urine and mold" and could not believe that anyone in their
right mind would inhabit the house.
Unfortunately, they had not yet met the Cardonas' 5-year-old and 4-year-old daughters.
older child weighs 158 pounds and her younger sister who still wears
diapers weighs 89 pounds, says the Journal Constitution.
five year old's] hair is matted together with bugs and tangles, with
head lice large enough to see while standing above the child," read the
responding officers' account.
Police say they found the
4-year-old lying on a filthy mattress without bedding in a urine-soaked
diaper, and her feet were black from dirt.
For their health and safety's sake, both girls were take out of the home and moved into state care.
Cardona's sister told the newspaper that the girls should have been
taken away years ago, saying, "I tried to tell them you need to clean
this place. They said they couldn't help themselves."
to neighbors who spoke with the paper, the girls spent a nominal amount
of time outside in the yard amongst the fallen trees and discarded
Normer Adams, executive director of the Georgia
Association of Homes and Services for Children, told the newspaper it
would be difficult for the Cardonas to regain custody of their
"Any parent in their right mind would see these children are suffering," he said.
Edited by Tbaby - Jan 21 2013 at 12:17am