Couple accused of letting 5 kids live in mechanic’s garage

Ashley Thomas (Photo: Cobb County Sheriff’s Office)
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Ashley Thomas (Photo: Cobb County Sheriff’s Office)

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Two Cobb County, Georgia, parents are accused of allowing their five children to come to work with them at a dirty mechanic’s garage -- and live there, too.

Dennis Carlton Thomas and Ashley Ann Thomas were arrested Monday while in juvenile court, jail records showed. They were each charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for letting the children — ages 1, 2, 3, 13, and 14 — live in the garage for several days, their arrest warrants state.

“The children were observed with multiple insect bites, filthy clothes, and had not bathed in days,” the warrants state. “Upon checking the refrigerator, (a police officer) observed old, moldy food. The toilet was unclean and unusable due to feces all over the seat and floor.”

The couple called Marietta police late last month requesting assistance due to their lack of money for a place to live and food for the children, according to police. But the two allegedly denied help when police referred the family to a local charitable organization, police said.

The children were placed in protective custody, according to police. The couple was released from jail after posting $1,000 bond each, Cobb booking records showed.