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Metter man charged with child cruelty
Police: Children left unattended in early morning hours
W Lanier
Damien Neron Lanier

Metter police arrested a man Saturday after finding he left several young juveniles alone for a long period of time.

Damien Neron Lanier, 40, faces five charges of first-degree cruelty to children, said Metter police Chief Robert Shore.

In the “early morning hours” on Saturday, April 28, Metter police responded to a Jill Street home after someone reported children left unattended, he said.

“Upon arrival, officers discovered five children left inside the residence unsupervised. The ages of the children range from 2 years of age up to the age of 7,” he said.

While the children appeared healthy, some were found outside near a roadway without adult supervision, he said.

After an investigation involving the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, “it was determined that (Lanier) left the children in the residence by themselves.” 

Lanier is currently being housed in the Candler County Jail.

“The case continues to be under investigation by the Metter Police Department,” Shore said. “If anyone has any information concerning either of these incidents, they are asked to contact Sgt. Timothy Platt at (912) 685-5437.”


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