Grovetown Police Investigators and City of Grovetown Code Enforcement Officers found two juveniles, one who is Autistic, living in what authorities called “uninhabitable conditions” today during a welfare check at a home in the 100 block of Walton Drive.
Investigators say Amanda Lee, her two children and Richard Williams were living in filthy conditions in the home that hasn’t had running water since late May. Authorities found both human and animal feces throughout the residence including on the bed and mattress of one of the children. Feces were also found on their skin and feet. Williams told officials Lee and her children hadn’t bathed since they have been without water.
A search of the home revealed there were “no discernible groceries or food.” Lee and Williams told investigators they were both unemployed and have been relying on food stamps. Grovetown authorities said they discovered Williams hasn’t been employed in 11 years.
Lee and Williams have both been charged with two counts of First Degree Cruelty to Children and are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center. The children have been turned over to the custody of The Department of Family and Children’s Services.
A news release from Grovetown Department of Public Safety says, “Code Enforcement determined the residence to be unit for habitation, pending required clean up and renovation of the property.”