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Two face child neglect charges following raid of 'dangerous' Hermitage home

Posted at 8:14 AM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 09:51:32-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two of the more than 20 people arrested at a Hermitage home that was padlocked after a raid are facing new charges.

According to court documents, Savannah Hawkins was found in an upstairs bedroom with her 4-month-old baby surrounded by horrible conditions. Officers reported seeing several pieces of rotting food on the floor as they walked up the stairs.

They found uncapped needles, a homemade handgun, and a meth pipe upstairs, as well as, a bucket next to the bed with what appeared to be human waste.

Officers said the infant was found in what was described as the "worst room."

Hawkins was charged with attempted child neglect. A male caregiver of the child, Paul Newsome, was also charged.

The home on Monarco Drive was boarded up and deemed a public nuisance. Police said they've received more than 100 calls about the home since 2013.

Read more: Police raid, padlock 'dangerous' Hermitage home; 26 people, including infant, found inside