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Woman charged with child cruelty
Sheriff: 3 children in her home were living in filthy conditions
Audrea Marks

A Portal woman is in jail after three children were found to be living in filthy conditions in her home, the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office said.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, deputies were dispatched to a home in the first block of Aaron Station Road in Portal, for a report of child cruelty and neglect, Sheriff Lynn Anderson said in a news release issued Monday morning.

Upon arrival, Deputy Devon Deloach spoke with the complainant, who indicated that she had arrived at the residence to pick up her grandchild. She noted that the living conditions in the residence were completely unsanitary and contacted the sheriff's office for assistance, Anderson said.

Deloach determined that three children, ages 6, 9, and 12, lived at the home along with an adult female, later identified as Audrea Michell Marks, 30. Deloach entered the home with Marks' consent and saw animal feces throughout the home, including on the children's bedding, Anderson said.

The smell of animal urine was strongly present, and there was leakage from the kitchen trashcan. The children indicated that they had not eaten since school lunch the previous day, the sheriff said.

Based on these findings, Marks was arrested, and the Department of Family and Children Services was contacted. More suitable accommodations were found for the children and DFACS will remain involved in their case, Anderson said.

Marks is charged with three counts each of first-degree cruelty to children and reckless conduct, and one count of disorderly conduct. She is held without bond at the Bulloch County Jail.



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