Thursday, May 15, 2014
Three North Augusta children were placed into emergency protective custody Wednesday after officers found unsafe conditions in their home, including feces on the walls and a dead dog in a cage, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
Officers went to a home on Palmetto Avenue on Wednesday to conduct a well being check after an anonymous complainant reported the home, according to a sheriff’s report. They found a dead dog covered in bugs in a crate on the back porch of the home.
Inside the kitchen, officers found no hot water, and the floors were soaking wet, the report stated. There were canned foods in the cabinets and “minimal” food in the fridge and freezer. Also, the dishwasher had been removed and there was a live electrical wire lying on the wet floor.
Officers found two bedrooms “unable to be entered” that smelled of urine and had “what appeared to be feces on the walls and windows,” police said. A window in the master bedroom was open, and there was partially eaten food on the floor with numerous bugs flying around.
Investigators said after looking around the house that the juveniles, ages 2, 3 and 5, would be placed in emergency protective custody. The report did not indicate if the juveniles or their guardians were home.
No charges have been filed.