ALBANY, Ga. — An Albany woman has been charged with child neglect and cruelty after sheriff's deputies discovered that she and her seven children were living in conditions described as "horrid."
Katarrah Danna Harris, 28, was booked into the Dougherty County Jail on Tuesday, charged with seven counts of cruelty to children for what Dougherty County Sheriff's Capt. Craig Dodd says was a clear case of child neglect.
Dodd says that when deputies arrived at Harris' house to serve an eviction notice on Jan. 9, they discovered "a good foot of trash on the floor" of the home.
"The conditions in that house were just horrid," Dodd said. "They could hear the rats scurrying away as they walked through it and amongst it all were seven children trying to live there. This house is the very definition of a threat to their health and welfare."
The children, Dodd said, ranged in ages from one to 12, and were placed in the custody of a relative.
According to warrants filed with the Dougherty County Superior Court, DCSO Lt. Shirley Adams stated that the house had no operating refrigerator, that the floors of the kitchen and bathroom were covered in liquid, and that the main living spaces in the house had piles of soiled clothing, trash and rodent feces.