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Mother indicted in child cruelty case

Child found trapped, alone in 'flithy' house

POSTED: August 24, 2012 7:55 a.m.
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A Forsyth County Grand Jury has indicted a mother on child cruelty charges following a June incident in which her 2-year-old son was found alone in a garbage-filled home.

Stephanie Nichole Davis, 22, has been formally charged with first- and second-degree felony child cruelty and reckless conduct.

The indictment states that the 2-year-old was left alone for a period of more than 12 hours from June 21 to 22 and that Davis “did willfully deprive said child of necessary sustenance to the extent that said child’s health and well-being was jeopardized.”

The second-degree cruelty charge was levied for the “cruel and excessive mental pain” of leaving the boy trapped in a room, according to the indictment.

No date has been set for arraignment, in which Davis may enter a plea to the charges.

She remains in custody at the Forsyth County Detention Center, according to a jail spokeswoman. Bond has been set at $27,727.

Forsyth County Superior Court Judge David Dickinson has been assigned to the case, and Davis received a court-appointed attorney.

According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office report of the incident, deputies went to the Boxer Lane home in north Forsyth after Davis’ mother called to express concern for the child’s safety.

The report noted that Davis had told her mother someone was watching her son, but the woman suspected the child was alone and unattended.

At the time, Davis was in the Fulton County Jail after her arrest the night before for driving under the influence in Roswell.

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.”

The child was found alone at the home and trapped in a room, wearing only a T-shirt and covered in feces.

The home was described 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.

 

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