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Mother in child cruelty case transferred

Sheriff's office says investigation complete

POSTED: July 5, 2012 3:00 p.m.
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A mother who authorities say left her 2-year-old son alone in a locked room at their trash-filled home is in Forsyth County custody as she awaits her chance to answer in court.

Stephanie Davis, 21, was transferred Friday to the Forsyth County Detention Center. Bond has been set at $27,727 on charges of cruelty to children in the second degree and reckless conduct, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

It could not be immediately determined if she has an attorney.

Sheriff’s officials had no new details to release this week in the case, other than to say they have completed their investigation.

It was Davis’ arrest in Fulton County that led local sheriff’s deputies to her Boxer Lane home, where they found her 2-year-old son alone about 8:40 a.m. June 22.

Roswell police had arrested her earlier that morning on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding.

Her mother, who had been in touch with Davis after she was arrested four hours earlier, was concerned about the child’s safety and alerted local sheriff’s deputies.

According to sheriff’s reports, Davis had told her mother that someone was watching her son, but the woman suspected the child was alone and unattended.

Her mother had contacted the person who Davis had claimed was with the child. That person, in turn, advised the child’s father was with him.

According to the reports, Davis’ mother “knew the child couldn’t be with the father because he has to turn himself in at night to jail, as he is on a work release program.”

Deputies reportedly found the child trapped in his room and covered in feces. They also found what appeared to be bug bites, possibly from fleas, on the legs of the boy.

It’s not known how long the child had been alone prior to the phone call from Davis to her mother.

The Department of Family and Children’s Services has placed the child in protective custody, according to sheriff’s reports.

The home was described by deputies as “filthy.” According to the report, “The odor emanating from the inside of the house was a mixture of rotting food, urine and feces.”

The report went on to note that two rooms, including the one where the child was found, had only a mattress and box springs on the floor. Clothing was strewn throughout.

According to the report, “Towels and used razors were found on the floor outside of the shower, as well as overflowing trash. In the kitchen, deputies found dirty dishes, rotting food and trash.”

There were more than 50 bags of garbage on the porch.

In addition, some window panes were broken, including in the room where the child was found, the report said.

A child’s nursery room with a door secured shut by a rope was also discovered, though no child was in that room, the reports said.

According to one deputy’s report, “Although it smelled like the rest of the residence, it was clean. I did not observe any signs that the nursery had been used at any time in the recent past.”

Deputies also found two dogs, one of whom was held in a cage, inside the home.

According to the report, both were taken outside and given water. Animal control later picked them up after no one could be found to care for them.

 

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