19 Children Found Living Alone In Home Without Food or AC
WARREN COUNTY, Ky. – Authorities in Warren County, Kentucky said 19 children were left alone in a home that had no air conditioning or food for about a week.
The Warren County Sheriff's Office said they discovered the children, ages eight months to 14- years-old, during a welfare check at the small three-bedroom home on Kingston Way in Bowling Green just before 11:30 p.m. Monday.
Warren County Sheriff's Detective Tim Robinson said the home was littered with dog feces and there was no air conditioning on a day when it reached 101 degrees.
"It's hot enough with the AC, but to be without AC with an 8-month-old? They can't take care of themselves no matter what, but you are going to leave them in a house to bake?" he questioned.
There was also no food available for the kids in the house.
"When you are walking around barefoot in feces in filth with no food there is no hygiene. Those children didn't know to bathe, to clean themselves, and I'm not sure how they were eating," said Robinson.
He said Irving "Joe" Smith and Jackie Farah told a neighbor last week that they had a family emergency in Michigan and asked the neighbor to check on the kids.
Deputies said the children behaved as if they were often left alone. The pair told investigators they plan to return to the area to speak with authorities.
Social workers from the Department of Health and Family Services responded to the scene. The children were treated at the Medical Center: Bowling Green and then placed into protective custody by the Commonwealth.
Nine dogs and a cat were also removed from the home. Authorities said the living conditions were unacceptable for the children and the pets.
Tuesday, authorities filed
charges against the biological mother of some of those children. Jackie Farah
is charged with 14 counts of criminal abuse, and five counts of wanton
The investigation was still ongoing.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)