Boys removed from bug-infested home; parents, uncle arrested
by Rachel Gray
January 08, 2014 12:21 AM | 3772 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jennifer Hollis
Jennifer Hollis
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Tony Elmore
Tony Elmore
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Robert Lee Hollis
Robert Lee Hollis
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AUSTELL — An Austell mother, father and uncle were arrested on child cruelty charges Saturday in a bug-infested south Cobb home, where they were accused of allowing four malnourished boys to live in squalor with rotting teeth and untreated injuries.

The children, ages 14, 13, 12 and 8, were found by police with “badly” decayed teeth and were deprived of food, jeopardizing their health and well-being, according to the arrest warrant.

For days, the warrant said the three guardians failed to obtain medical attention for an injury to the 14-year-old boy, which “resulted in an infection so severe that the child will require surgery to repair the damage to the child’s toes,” according to the warrant.

Cobb Police arrested the boys’ mother, Jennifer Hollis, 52, father, Tony Elmore, 53, and uncle, Robert Lee Hollis, 37, at the home off Pine Crest Road, in a neighborhood between Austell and Mableton.

Each was charged with four felonies of first-degree child cruelty, according to arrest records. As of Tuesday, each of them was granted a $100,000 bond, but had not been released.

Elmore is a convicted felon who was in prison from 1990 to 1994 following a rape conviction, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Officer Mike Bowman with Cobb Police said the investigation started when Austell Police responded to a lost child in the city’s jurisdiction.

Austell’s Chief of Police Bob Starrett said because his department asked Cobb to take over the investigation, he cannot release any details about the case.

Cobb Police did not find any evidence of drugs in the home. They did find infestations of roaches, spiders and lice, Bowman said.

Bowman said Cobb Police had not been called before Saturday to the home, which has five bedrooms, a basement and sits on half an acre.

Although they lived just over a mile from Sky View Elementary School and a mile and a half from South Cobb High School, the neglected boys did not attend school, according to the warrant.

The four boys have been turned over to the state’s Division of Family and Children Services and are in foster care, Bowman said.

Bowman could not confirm if the children are being cared for together in one home or have been separated.

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