Cops: Woman, 5 kids lived amid roaches, filth

Andrea Massa Hernandez, of Smyrna, was arrested Wednesday after police found roaches and dog feces throughout the apartment where she lived with five children and four puppies, according to the arrest warrant obtained by the AJC.

The residence also had no working utilities and rotting food, according to police.

"All about the apartment wherever you looked was crawling with roaches," the warrant states.

Roaches climbed the walls and ceilings and were in open food containers, according to the arresting officer.

"There was very little food present in the apartment to feed the five children, and what was there appeared to be spoiled," the warrant states.

A father of one of the children called police to report the living conditions at the apartment, Officer Michael Smith with Smyrna police told the AJC. When officers arrived at the apartment, Hernandez was unstable on her feet and smelled of alcohol, according to police.

"It was clear she was intoxicated," the warrant states.

Hernandez was being held Monday at the Smyrna jail on $1,879 bond, police said. The children, ages 3 months to 12 years, were placed in Division of Family and Children Services custody, Smith said.

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