Raequel Penny, 42, is charged with operating an unlicensed care home at 981 Laurel Springs Lane in Marietta off Powder Springs Street.
Penny, who reportedly rented the home on Laurel Springs Lane, allegedly allowed from four to 10 elderly people to live in the home while she was supposed to be taking care of them.
Police say they discovered the home in poor condition after initially responding to a tip from the Georgia Healthcare Facility Regulation Division on Aug. 21, but were turned away by an employee.
After police obtained a search warrant a few days later, they went back to the home but found it unoccupied.
Officer David Baldwin with Marietta Police said Penny allegedly closed the home prior to the warrant being served.
In the basement, police found four to six makeshift bedrooms made of plywood walls and no doors. There also was only one bathroom without a shower or door.
“People were having to use the bathroom in public,” Baldwin said. “It was very poor conditions for people to live in, especially without a shower facility. We heard potentially once a week (residents) were taken upstairs to be bathed.” There was also a refrigerator in the basement that was covered in mold with rotten food inside of it.
“When you opened the fridge there were hundreds of bugs inside,” Baldwin said.
Police do not know the names of all the residents or if anyone else worked with Penny, but they are asking for the public’s help in finding out as much information as they can.
If anyone has either stayed at Penny’s home or has had a family member stay there, they are asked to contact Detective Daniel Ohmann at (770) 794-5372 or the Marietta Police Department Tip Line at (770) 794-6990.