July 03, 2012

Jackie Farah - Abandons 19 Children And 10 Animals Inside Home With No Food Or Air Conditioning, Returns A Week Later

Bowling Green, Kentucky (The Weekly Vice) - Jackie Farah, a 32-year-old Bowling Green woman was jailed after 19 children were left at home alone in filthy conditions with no air conditioning or food. Her boyfriend, Irving "Joe" Smith is also wanted for questioning.

According to the Warren County Sheriff's Office, an investigation began after a neighbor reported that Farah had abandoned a house full of children.

Farah and her alleged boyfriend reportedly asked the neighbor to check in on the children "periodically" while she was out of town on an overnight "family emergency." The neighbor called 911 when a week had passed and Farah still hadn't returned.

Investigators arrived at the home to discover 19 children (aged 8 months to 14-years-old) living in a residence that had no air conditioning and dog feces covering the floor.

Nine dogs and one cat were found living inside the residence and the temperature inside the house measured above 90 degrees.

Trash littered several rooms in the house and no food was found in the refrigerator or kitchen cabinets. The children were taken to a local hospital for observation.

Authorities contacted Farah, who was still in Michigan at the time, and advised her to return for questioning. She returned and was taken into custody after questioning.

The children - who have been described as a mix of siblings and cousins - told investigators that they were used to being left alone.

Farah was booked into the Warren County Regional Jail and charged with 14 counts of first-degree criminal abuse and 5 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. She is currently being held without bond.

Investigators are questioning other possible suspects and the case is ongoing.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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