An Augusta mother has been accused of leaving her 7-year-old child home alone with 13 dogs, with at least two of them dead. Monquetta Daiele Holder, 28, is being held at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center after her child was found wandering the streets alone.
According to WtvmNews, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office found the child walking down the street crying. She told police her mother told her not to leave the house or answer the door and had been left with only chips and candy to eat. The child said she left her home to find her brother.
Holder arrived home with her son before deputies arrived. When the Division of Family and Children Services arrived at the home to observe the conditions the children were living, 13 dogs including two dead ones were found. The floors were full of urine and feces. Holder claimed the dogs did not belong to her, and therefore she was not responsible for their care or cleaning up after them. Nine other dogs ranging from puppies to adults were dehydrated and starving.
The children have been removed from the home. Holder’s sister, Treanna Holder, stated the dogs belonged to her. She has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty. The children’s mother has been charged with two counts of second degree cruelty to children and aggravated animal cruelty.
The home has since been condemned and the smell listed as “unbearable.”
(Photo of mom of 7-year-old neglected child screenshot via sheriff’s office)
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