A boy who ran away from his west Georgia home told a neighbor who found him he was stressed out by the house chores that needed to be done.
He was wearing pink pajamas, his hair was disheveled and he smelled like urine, according to an incident report obtained by AJC.com. When sheriff’s deputies went to check out the boy’s Troup County home, they found multiple animals running loose and feces and urine everywhere.
Deputies arrested the boy’s parents, Christopher and Christina Carr, on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The boy, whose age was not provided, was found walking on Lower Big Springs Road on Thursday, and a neighbor called 911. About a mile away, Christina Carr flagged down another officer and reported her son missing.
Deputies escorted the boy back home and told the woman they would need to check on her three other children. A “very strong odor of cat urine” was present as soon as they stepped inside, according to the report.
“There were several cats running about the house, dirty dishes piled up on the counters and several cat litter boxes full of cat feces and urine were sitting under the kitchen sink in the open, because the cabinet doors had been ripped off,” a deputy said in the report.
The food in the refrigerator was “old and nasty,” and deputies found soiled clothes and dirty carpets throughout the home. An open container on the living room floor was full of prescription medications, and any of the children or cats could have accessed them, according to the report.
The Carrs were arrested “due to the filthy, unsanitary conditions of the residence and the children,” officials said. Authorities were called to take possession of the animals, which included six dogs, four to five cats and a rabbit.
The case was also referred to the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.
— Staff writer Zachary Hansen contributed to this article.
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