Cops: Parents let 8 kids live among sewage, trash, feces in Cobb

Two Cobb County parents are accused of allowing their eight children to live in a home filled with sewage, trash and fecal matter, according to police.

Police were called to the family’s home near Marietta on Saturday when a 2-year-old boy was found wandering alone, according to warrants seen by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A search of the Woodleigh Road home revealed the deplorable conditions, according to police.

Various unsanitary conditions were found inside the home, where children ranging in age from 2 to 13 lived, the warrants stated.

According to the warrants conditions included broken sewage piping, which leaked sewage water over or near electrical wiring, exposed electrical wiring; mildewed old food in different parts of the house; fecal matter suspected to be from the dog and small toddler child scattered throughout the home; a garage converted into a room that contained more than 50 bags of trash with a variety of insects; soiled mattresses; and the odor of sewage throughout.

Two adults in the home, Stephen Vincent Tavizon and Loni Diane Tavizon, were both arrested and charged with eight counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, all felonies, Cobb jail records showed. Stephen Tavizon was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the deprivation of a minor, according to booking records.

Loni Tavizon is the biological mother of the eight children, while Stephen Tavizon is the biological father of two of the children, and stepfather and guardian to the other six, warrants stated.

Both Tavizons remained Wednesday afternoon in jail, where they were being held on $40,000 bond each.

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