Laurens Co. (SC) woman charged with child abuse, child neglect and cruelty to animals (7/25/15)

A 2-year-old boy remains in the hospital in critical condition after he was found unconscious in a filthy home with dozens of dead and dying animals, Laurens County authorities said Wednesday.

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Deputies said they were called at about 6 p.m. Tuesday to a home on Martins Lake Road, where they noticed “deplorable living conditions and a foul odor within,” an incident report said.

Authorities have since charged Savannah Victoria Morgan, 25, of Gray Court, with three counts of child neglect and one count of child abuse and cruelty to animals, according to arrest warrants. A bond has been set at $85,000, according to authorities.

Warrants allege Morgan exposed a 2-year-old to physical abuse, causing the boy to suffer medical injuries such as bleeding in the brain and bruising to the head, neck and back.

The child had to seek medical treatment and was airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital, authorities said.

The boy’s mother originally told deputies that he choked on some chips and that she called 911 when she went into his room and saw he wasn’t breathing, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Two other children were taken into emergency protective custody due to suspected physical abuse, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies who were at the children’s home said they saw soiled diapers, clothing, feces, trash and broken glass on the floor and numerous live and deceased animals kept in plastic bins and cages. Two emaciated dogs were found chained up behind the residence and had no food or water, one report said.

Animal Control officers seized nearly 90 animals from the scene Tuesday night. The list of deceased animals included 48 rats, 11 gerbils, 10 python snakes, six tarantula spiders and two bearded dragons.

Morgan is being held at the Laurens County Detention Center. Her bond hearing was scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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Incident ID 200151

Offender ID 100175


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