In 2015, Sheriff Scott Franklin, Deputy Sheriff Scott Franklin said – of the conditions he witnessed at his home in Gray Court, South Carolina – that “I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.” 20 years doing this.”
Let’s hope he hasn’t had anything worse in his six years of intervening – and that no other cop has had to witness something like what he did.
In August 2015, Greenwood, South Carolina Index-Journal reports that police were at Gray Court, South Carolina, home of Matthew William Batton looking for an unresponsive toddler, more than 70 dead animals, and two other children showing signs of abuse .
Both Batton and Savannah Victoria Morgan, the then-pregnant mother of the unresponsive child, were arrested following the July 28, 2015 incident.
WYFF-TV said Morgan initially called 911 when her child didn’t answer. When they arrived, the unresponsive toddler was in cardiac arrest, the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said. with bruises back, face, neck and rest of the body.
Morgan, then 25, told delegates he choked on chips. She later said the boy had been dropped, although doctors said the toddler’s injuries were extensive enough that they could not have come from a single drop. He was admitted to the intensive care unit at Greenville Memorial Hospital and recovered somewhat, although one victim’s advocate said he suffered a brain bleed. All three children were placed in the Department of Social Services care.
There are almost 100 animals at this address – although 88 of them are estimated to be dead. Garbage and animal excrement littered the property.
According to the Index-Journal, Laurens County Public Affairs Director Robert Russian said: “Most of the animals that the handlers picked up that night have passed and are carnal.
However, this is only an estimate as the animals are in different states of decomposition.
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There are 12 animals still alive; most of them have found foster homes. Public works handle the rest.
“The animals found alive were two bearded dragons, three dogs, a puppy, four snakes and a cat. According to the Russian newspaper, the animal control agency is still searching for the cat but has caught other animals alive,” Index-Journal reported.
“Mrs Nga said one of the snakes was a common black snake and one of the turtles was a common turtle, both of which were released in the wild. The rest of the animals are in rescue homes or foster homes.”
One of the dogs in such bad shape – with overgrown, discolored coat – that animal control The police thought it was female before they shaved it and discovered it was male.
“It’s just terrible in shape – it has maggots in its fur, it has ulcers, it has some infected spots on it – but it’s a real soldier, not aggressive at all,” Russian said.
“We thought it might have been a 50- to 60-pound dog, but when rescues shaved it down, it was already about 30 pounds heavier.”
The rest of the animals were also underfed, and the Russians called this house “the house of horrors”.
“Obviously they were starving, dehydrated,” Russian said of the animals. “There are snakes that are clearly not kept in proper containers; they were in indoor plastic tubs. Some of them died, rotting in those plastic tubs.”
Franklin said that the animals caught included cats, dogs, reptiles, rodents and insects. “I’ve never seen anything like it in my 20 years doing this,” he said, according to AL.com.
Batton was charged with child neglect and ill-treatment of animals, while Morgan was charged with three counts of unlawful child abandonment and child abuse, and another count of cruelty to animals. .
Lieutenant Judy Stiles of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said that Morgan’s unborn child, who was nine months old at the time, will likely also be placed in the care of the state’s Department of Social Services.
“Most of our officers were probably faced with something last night that they may not have seen in their careers. Laurens Police Chief Ricky Chastain said at the time, AL.com reported.
Let’s hope they don’t get much worse.
This is the hard part of law enforcement. Cruelty, neglect, abuse – be it children or animals, it’s always difficult for first responders. When the two are involved – and when it happens on this scale – it’s scarring.
Correct, Child and some animals survived. What will survive are also images that haunt the men and women who have to witness the ugly sight.
Even six years on, our thoughts and prayers are still with them.
https://www.westernjournal.com/father-arrested-unresponsive-toddler-found-home-veteran-cop-says-even-20-years-job-couldnt-prepare-saw/ Father arrested after unresponsive child was found at home, veteran policeman says 20 years in the job couldn’t prepare him for what he saw