Two children and more than 30 animals were found living with four adults in a ‘deplorable’ Georgia home which was covered in trash and feces, authorities said.
Brandi Pybus-McCoy, 41, Nicholas Luciano, 29, Samantha Crain, 22, and Zachariah McCoy, 22, have been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree cruelty to children, two counts of deprivation of a minor, and one charge of unlawful dumping of human waste, 11 Alive reported.
Police arrived at the Hogansville home in the 4700 block of Mountville-Hogansville Road earlier this month after receiving an anonymous tip complaining about animals and ‘unsafe conditions.’
One potbelly pig, 30 cats and dogs, and two babies aged seven months and two, were rescued from the squalid home. Conditions were so severe authorities had to request back up from Hogansville Public Works, Animal Control, and Troup County Marshals and Fire Department.
Brandi Pybus-McCoy (left) 41, Nicholas Luciano (right) 29, were arrested on cruelty charges
Samantha Crain (left) 22, and Zachariah McCoy (right) 22, were two of the four adults living in squalor with their two children
Worst case they’ve seen: Authorities arrived at the Hogansville, Georgia home earlier this month to find it was covered in feces, trash, and vomit
The home were severely trashed and deemed ‘deplorable’ and unsafe to live in
Police Sergeant Jeff Sheppard called the home ‘deplorable’ and ‘completely unsafe for habitation.’
‘I’ve been in public service for 20 years, and I’ve been in all aspects–fire, EMS, the prison system and police, combined with 13 years of military.
‘This is the worst house I’ve ever walked in. Ever. I cannot describe to you the smell, the condition of this home,’ Jeff Sheppard said.
Investigators even needed air tanks and protective gear while searching the home, Sheppard added.
Floors in the house were littered with trash, vomit, and feces, and a toilet was found strewn across the porch. The walls of the hallway were coated in spiders and webs and were even found in the room where the two babies slept.
In addition to the cats and dogs, chickens, rabbits, hamsters, and rats were removed from the filthy house. Authorities arrived at the home around 6pm, but were only able to clear all the animals off by midnight.
Investigators were forced to wear protective gear while searching the filthy house, where they found dozens of cats, dogs, chickens, rats, and other animals
Filth: Sergeant Jeff Sheppard said the home did not have adequate food and had open containers of alcohol within reach of the two children
A couch and toilet were found strewn across the porch among other trash. Police arrived at the home after receiving an anonymous tip complaining about the hazardous conditions
Walls were covered in spiders and webs, and authorities could not tell where the floor ended and feces began
Police said it was difficult to tell where the ‘floor ended and feces began.’
The property was deemed a major threat to the young children as open containers of alcohol were found within their reach and a baby’s high chair was found among all the filth. A five-gallon bucket was found filled with human feces.
The home and a camper trailer in the driveway where Crain and McCoy were living with their two children, were condemned and wrapped in yellow ‘caution’ tape.
During a court hearing on Thursday, Crain and McCoy’s attorney Rod Skiff, argued that the conditions were a result of ‘extreme poverty,’ and felt the cruelty charges were unwarranted.
Animal cages and feces were found in the mess. In addition to the cats and dogs found, chickens, rabbits, hamsters, and rats were removed from the filthy house
Crain and McCoy had been living with their two children in a camper outside of the home, which was also condemned
Police found a five-gallon bucket filled with human feces and maggots
‘It’s very clear that the resources that these people had were not there. With regard to that, I don’t believe these people picked their condition.
‘I don’t think that they picked for these two children to live there. So, going back to the evidence of willful and malicious intent, I think it’s a stretch,’ Skiff said.
But Sergeant Jeff Sheppard said Skiff’s statements were flawed because being poor and filthy ‘are two different things.’
The four defendants were jailed on $13,000 bond. The two children are now in custody of Family and Children services.