Brandi Pybus-McCoy, 41, Nicholas Luciano, 29, Samantha Crain, 22, and Zachariah McCoy, 22, were charged with cruelty to children and animals after their shared home in Georgia was raided by police, who found more than 30 cats, a pig, children, and feces and debris strewn everywhere.
Police Chief Brian Harr called the house “deplorable” and “completely unsafe for habitation. The house now has signs that say: “WARNING: DO NOT ENTER” and “WARNING BIOLOGICAL HAZARD” signs.
Their lawyer claims that the house mates were not intentionally cruel to the animals or the children living there, with the two parents of the children appearing in court, wanting to get their youngsters back. The lawyer argued that their situation was caused by poverty, and they are not bad people.
11 Alive reports:
Four suspects in a child and animal cruelty case in Troup County faced a Troup County magistrate court judge regarding animal and child cruelty charges.
Brandi Pybus-McCoy, 41, Nicholas Luciano, 29, Samantha Crain, 22, and Zachariah McCoy, 22, all of Hogansville, Ga., were charged with two counts of first-degree cruelty to children, two counts of deprivation of a minor, and one charge of unlawful dumping of human waste.
More than 30 cats and dogs, one potbelly pig and two children were removed from a Mountville-Hogansville Road home, where a couch, toilet and trash was strewn across the porch, earlier this month.
Police Chief Brian Harr called the house “deplorable” and “completely unsafe for habitation.”
Yellow “caution” tape envelopes the property and signs posted warn: “WARNING DO NOT ENTER” and “WARNING BIOLOGICAL HAZARD.”
When police responded to the address on an anonymous “animal and unsafe conditions” complaint, they spoke to residents and found the residents living inside the house and a small camper trailer in the driveway. The camper has been condemned, police said.
On Thursday morning, all four of the defendants appeared in court for a probable cause hearing and bond consideration.
Crain and McCoy, who were living on the property in a camper with their two children, appeared in court alongside their attorney, Rod Skiff.
Skiff told the judge that there is no risk of re-offense and no risk of flight risk, requesting bond for them both. As photos are shown in court depicting the living conditions, he argued, that it was a case of “extreme poverty,” and that he took issue with the cruelty charge.