Pair charged with cruelty to children, animals
by Leo Hohmann
April 17, 2013 12:22 AM | 5245 views | 9 9 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John Galczynski
John Galczynski
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Amy Elizabeth Barnes
Amy Elizabeth Barnes
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Two small children, ages 4 and 5, wandered three blocks away from their Marietta home and across a busy four-lane highway before they were found by local firemen while playing at a school playground.

But what authorities found when they returned the boy and girl to their home at 886 Wanda Circle, Marietta, on April 10, was what really troubled them.

They reported finding raw sewage, feces, dirt, moldy food and dog food on the floors, exposed electrical wires throughout the house, and a German shepherd with a skin infection, according to an arrest warrant.

Cobb County Police arrested John Galczyn-

ski, 58, of 121 Carrucia Drive, Marietta, and Amy Elizabeth Barnes, 30, of 886 Wanda Circle, and charged them with second-degree cruelty to children, contributing to the deprivation of a minor and cruelty to animals.

Galczynski remained in the Cobb County Jail on Tuesday on a $50,000 bond. Barnes, the mother of the children, was released on a $25,000 bond.

At 10:30 a.m. April 10, the Cobb Fire Department contacted county police to report finding a 4-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl playing at the playground at Milford Elementary School at 2390 Austell Road in Marietta.

When officers confronted Galczynski, he reportedly admitted to them that this was the second time the children had wandered off without his knowledge. He said he had gone to sleep at 6 a.m. and was awakened by the Cobb officers knocking on his door at 10:50 a.m.

The girl and boy were dirty and smelling of fecal matter, according to the warrant.

“The children were found to be without parental care or control, subsistence, education as required by law, or other care necessary for their physical, mental or emotional health,” the warrant stated.

The children were turned over to officials with the state Division of Family and Children Services.

Sgt. Dana Pierce, spokesman for Cobb County Police, said he could not give any information on the case at this time.

While inside the house, investigators also found a German shepherd that had no hair on its body except its head and upper torso. The dog appeared to have a serious skin infection and “in dire need of medical care,” the warrant stated. The dog was taken to Cobb County Animal Control.

The arresting officer was Officer T. Bastis.
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S.B
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April 21, 2013
yes he is the father of the kids. Sadly enough.
Luek
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April 18, 2013
The only rationale explanation I can come up with about how these two could live and let their children live in that disgusting mess is.....DEMON POSSESSION. Got a better answer?
anonymous
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April 17, 2013
It's that same woman who was arrested for swearing at some CCPD officers in front of minors. She filed a lawsuit against the County.
youarecorrect
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April 18, 2013
Anonymous, you are correct. Amy Elizabeth Barnes is the class act who flipped off the cops and cussed them out and then wanted sympathy. Isn't it great to read that she reproduced, too. This man looks old enough to be her dad so not sure if he's the father or the sugar daddy. I just hope it's not too late to get these poor kids and the dog far, far away from these two losers. Give them a shot at a decent life.
Just Wait
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April 17, 2013
Sadly, some people will be more upset over the care of the dog than the care of the children.
Marietta?
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April 17, 2013
Wanda Circle at Windy Hill and Austell Rd is in Marietta? Really? Well perhaps City of Marietta just found another investment property. If we keep buying low, SOMEDAY we'll all be rich! Or do we only buy low to keep Goldstein from buying it?
MariettaYep
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April 17, 2013
I'm no fan of Goldstein, but I congratulate you on the brilliant display of ignorance.
Ignant?
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April 18, 2013
I am ignorant because I don't know if one particular sleaze bag apartment complex is inside the city limits? Man what a great life you must have to know such details about which police will respond to whatever you do in a particular sleaze bag apartment complex. If this is my ignorance, call me blissful.

Or am I ignorant because I realize Goldstein's plan is a multigenerational plan for his children and grandchildren and their children, and that he buys low, and to further the purpose of buying low, I think he works his city council position to keep values low. That is ignorant? Okay, educate me.
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