Horrific: Woman arrested after 2-year-old son found with dozens of neglected and dead animals
A 25-year-old South Carolina woman was arrested on Tuesday after authorities found her injured 2-year-old son lying on the floor amid more than 80 neglected and dead animals in her house, WHNS-TV reported.
“Most of our officers probably were faced with something last night that they probably have not seen in their careers,” Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain said. “It was a very sad situation to see something like this.”
The suspect, Savanah Victoria Morgan, was charged with bodily injury of a child, three counts of unlawful neglect of a child, and animal neglect after allegedly changing her story regarding the boy’s injuries. Investigators said she first said he choked while eating potato chips, before claiming she dropped him on the floor.
WSPA-TV reported that a local official said on Wednesday that the boy was diagnosed with brain bleeding and retinal injuries, and faces “a major road to recovery.” Morgan’s other two children were placed in the custody of the state Department of Social Services. She was reportedly pregnant at the time of her arrest.
Animal Control officials were also dispatched to the suspect’s home in Gray Court, a small community 26 miles from Greenville, after sheriff’s deputies found 88 animals on the property, with the vast majority of them already dead. According to WSPA, 48 dead rats were recovered, along with 10 dead pythons, 11 dead gerbils, and 6 dead tarantulas, among others. Two dogs were found alive, but neglected to the point of starvation.
Morgan’s bail was set at $85,000 on Wednesday, with the additional condition that if she posts bail, she would be forbidden from having any contact with her children with approval from state officials. She would also be barred from owning any pets until her case is resolved.
Watch WHNS’ report, as aired on Wednesday, below.