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.