State investigates possible illegal personal care home

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW) -- A possible illegal personal care home state and local investigators was searched Wednesday.

A woman who's been inside tells News 12 she's never noticed anything wrong and even brought a friend to live there.

A man being rolled out in his wheelchair, another one walking out with clothes and a third rolling off in an ambulance is not what Virginia Harris was expecting to see Wednesday afternoon.

"When I drove up today I was like what in the world is going on," questioned Harris.

State investigators searched the Hephzibah home off Anthony Dejuan Parkway after suspicions 17 people could be living in an illegal personal care home.

"I came a lot during lunch time and it was usually about six guys. They would come in and eat their lunch. That's the only thing I've seen," she told News 12.

Harris said her friend was always clean and fed and everything seemed in order.

"I just know they were good people to the guy I brought out here and the people I've seen out here look taken care," Harris said.

Details are still vague about what investigators found inside the home and what triggered their search which concerns neighbor Gloria Lawrence.

"What's going on in my neighborhood. I've never seen this in the 20 years I've lived here. I've never seen this here," she said.

Lawrence said she never really thought the home across the street was suspicious until recently.

"I have noticed that in the past month this house had a lot of men living down there, but I thought they were family. I really don't know who they were," Lawrence told News 12.

Harris said investigators won't tell her where her friend is yet, because she isn't legal family. Right now she said that's the thing that worries her the most.

"She treated them like they were her babies. She took care of them. They were always clean. Whenever you came out they were fed," said Harris.

Investigators on the scene would not release how many folks were inside the home or what they found.

News 12 also reached out to the Georgia Department of Public Health for more information and what happens next.

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