News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, April 15, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A 5-month-old baby is dead and four other children have been taken from a home after Richmond County deputies found them living in what investigators and neighbors are calling filth.
The parents of those children are in the Richmond County Jail. Many were left wondering how long the children had been living in those conditions.
Neighbors say they knew things were bad, but never thought it would end up like this.
"I just seen him, I just seen his son, his son was in perfect condition," said neighbor Antonio Hannah. "That's why I can't understand just how all of a sudden he's dead. Something ain't right."
Hannah lives down the street from the home in the Pine Walk Trailer Park off Gordon Highway.
Richmond County deputies responded to the mobile home off the 2000 block of Gordon Highway around 8:51 a.m. That's where they found the 5-month-old boy dead and the home in deplorable condition.
"When I heard what happened I was hoping they were lying like y'all joking right because you wouldn't think something like that would happen," Hannah said.
Investigators say the infant had numerous non-human bite marks on his body.
"Honestly, it's not a place for kids to stay. With three dogs inside the house that's not potty trained, that's not a condition for children to stay in," Hannah said.
Hannah says he spent a lot of time with the family, even giving them beds for the children to sleep on.
"When I first moved here, they didn't even have beds," he said. "The beds they have in there me and my wife gave them the bunk beds for the kids, the bed in that room. We gave them those beds."
The mother, 26-year-old Aileen Wright, has been arrested along with the father of the 5-month-old boy.
The father has been identified as 24-year-old Nicholas Womack. He is believed to be the father of the baby boy and 1-year-old.
They have been charged with cruelty to children in the second degree and four counts of deprivation of a minor each.
Investigators also learned four other children (ages 6, 5, 3 and 1) were also living inside the mobile home. All four of those children were examined at the scene but did not have any visible injuries.
DFCS was notified and placement of the children was turned over to them.
"The fact that those kids are not in that trailer right there is the best thing that ever could have happened because it was not in livable condition, like honestly the floors that was not a place you would wanna stay, me, no one," Hannah said.
The investigation is still ongoing. The boy's body was sent to the GBI Crime Lab where an autopsy will be conducted at a later time.
Investigators say more charges could be filed, depending on the autopsy results.