Mother, Father Indicted After 19 Kids Found Alone In Home
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Kentucky grand jury has indicted a mother and father on several child abuse charges after they allegedly left 19 children at home alone with no food or air conditioning.
On Wednesday, a Warren County, Kentucky grand jury indicted Jackie Farah on 14 counts of criminal abuse, and five counts of wanton endangerment. Irving "Joe" Smith, who has not been arrested, was indicted on 16 counts of criminal abuse, and three counts of wanton endangerment.
The Warren County Sheriff's Office said they discovered 19 children, ages eight months to 14- years-old, during a welfare check at the small three-bedroom home on Kingston Way in Bowling Green on July 3.
Detectives said the home was littered with dog feces and there was no air conditioning on a day when it reached 101 degrees. There was also no food available for the kids in the house.
An officer said the couple told a neighbor 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 U.S. Marshals are now helping in the search for Smith, who is believed to be in the Chicago often left alone.
The couple's children are now in state custody, although some of the children staying with them were cousins, and their parents came to get them.
Nine dogs and a cat were also removed from the home.
U.S. Marshals are now helping in the search for Smith, who is believed to be in the Chicago area.