Their 27-year-old father and 31-year-old mother were arrested Sept. 9 on child and animal cruelty charges, and were booked into Cobb Jail on $50,000 bonds, which they posted the next day. The Journal is withholding names to protect the identity of the children.
According to the arrest warrants, two dogs that appeared to have died a few months ago were found in separate bedrooms of the home on a street off Nickajack Road, near Floyd Middle School. The dogs were said to have been deprived of medical care and food.
"Inside the sink and restroom area insect larva was found," according to the warrant. "The refrigerator was full of old, expired and inedible food. Feces was found inside the bathing area."
Cobb Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said the responding officer was dispatched to the home on a welfare check. Pierce did not have further information. The girls were taken into protective custody at the scene, Pierce said, adding that he did not know their current status.
The parents face two counts of felony first-degree child cruelty and two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.