A Statesboro woman has been arrested after four children in her apartment were found to be living in unacceptable conditions, and two of them had injuries, police said.
Statesboro police officers responded to a unit at Eagle Court Apartments on Lanier Drive at 11:18 a.m. Tuesday after receiving notification from the Bulloch County Department of Family and Children Services about the children, according to an incident report released Wednesday.
Katoya Shanell London, 28, whose address is listed as the apartment, was arrested on two counts of first-degree cruelty to children and four counts of reckless conduct. She was taken to the Bulloch County Jail.
Cpl. Justin Samples, the Statesboro Police Department’s public information officer, said he could not release much more information, but he did say the children are all younger than 10 years old. He added that two of the children had injuries, which he did not elaborate on, but he did say that is what led to the child cruelty counts.
The incident report lists “hands/fist, etc.” under “weapon type” but does not elaborate.
A spokeswoman with the Georgia Department of Human Services, which oversees all DFCS units, did not return a phone message and email left for her Wednesday.
According to the Georgia Code, reckless conduct can be a misdemeanor charge. In that sense, it refers to “a person who causes bodily harm or endangers the bodily safety of another person,” and such action, or failure to act, “constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care which a reasonable person would exercise in the situation.”
It can also be a felony if an HIV-infected person knowingly commits any act that would expose another person to the virus.
First-degree cruelty to children, according to the Georgia Code, refers to the parent or guardian, or someone having immediate charge or custody, of a child under the age of 18 months “willfully” depriving “the child of necessary sustenance to the extent that the child’s health or well-being is jeopardized.” It can also occur when the person “maliciously causes” a child of that age or younger “excessive physical or mental pain.”
Samples said the charges against London may be adjusted pending an ongoing police investigation.