Yolanda Mendez, 35, allegedly did not allow the children, ages 16, 13, 9 and 3, to attend school for three days and deprived them of adequate food while keeping them in unsanitary conditions, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the AJC. Mendez, of a Marietta address, remained in the Cobb County jail on Wednesday without bond.
Cobb County police officers conducting a welfare check Nov. 17 at Mendez's apartment found the door barricaded, according to spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce. While officers were at the home, one of the children inside placed a call to 911, Pierce said.