Home where woman died of malnutrition to be razed

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, October 25, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- A 30-year-old deaf and blind woman died of malnourishment in a home Richmond County Code Enforcement is calling a hazard to the community.

It's a sight you'd never believe. A house filled with feces, roaches, and filth. Once Richmond County deputies saw it, they called Code Enforcement, and they found the house covered in cobwebs and feces from cats, dogs, and even a pig.

"It's very unfortunate," neighbor Ilse Reeder said.

Neighbors said they had no idea 30-year-old Christina Baxter had been living next door. Christina was blind and deaf and lived in the home with her sister and brother-in-law.

"They wouldn't let anybody in the house," Reeder said.

Code Enforcement Manager Pamela Costabile said she's worked with a lot of abandoned and vacant buildings before, but this case is different.

"This was especially bad due to the fact that the whole entire house that you walked in was covered with feces, so no where you went you could not get around the feces, and it's been there for a very long time," Costabile said.

The house is also infested with roaches and roach nests.

"It's quite bad, especially when folks are living in those types of conditions," Costabile said.

The plan now is to demolish the house.

"I have not been inside, but from what I've heard thats the thing to do," Costabile said.

But for the last years of her life, this was home for Christina Baxter. When she died, she weighed only 46 pounds.

"It would be nice to stay home with relatives that like you and care for you, but if they don't then she would've been better taken care of," Reeder said.

Code Enforcement said they do not know at this time when the house will be demolished but said they are moving forward with the legal process.

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