Woman who ran unlicensed care facility turns herself in
by MDJ staff
September 10, 2013 09:55 PM | 5844 views | 2 2 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Raequel Penny
Raequel Penny
MARIETTA — A woman accused of running an unlicensed at-home care facility that was reportedly kept in filth turned herself in to police and was booked in the Cobb County jail Tuesday night.

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.

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English Teatime
September 10, 2013
If this was an unlicensed care facility, why did someone go out for inspection? Thank goodness they did, but if they knew about it to inspect it, why was it allowed to remain open if it was "unlicensed"?
September 12, 2013
This is ridiculous all of this is just hear say and Cobb county must be in need of something maybe someone is try to climb they way to the top god knows the truth if no one else doesnt
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