Home Alone Mom in Jail

The Warren County Sheriff's department came upon a horrible scene earlier this week.

"A neighbor had called in, and wanted us to check on the kids. The deputies got there and there ended up being 19 children in the home, no food, no air conditioner. Nine dogs, one cat, and a lot of animal feces in the house," said Warren County Detective Tim Robinson.

Now, they're in the middle of investigation.

Warren County detectives say Jackie Farah left town, and left several children and pets without care for about a week.

She's now in the Warren County Regional Jail on a 100-thousand dollar cash bond, charged with 19 felonies, 14 counts of first degree criminal abuse and five counts of first degree wanton endangerment.

"No food in the house, nothing for the kids to eat. They were all taking care of themselves, children running around in diapers. There didn't appear to be any hygiene products for them to shower or bathe with, matter of fact some of the children's hair had to be cut, because it was so filthy, they couldn't get it clean," said Robinson.

She isn't the only one in this case though.

Warren County has a warrant out for her husband, Irving Smith, who investigators believe is in the Chicago area.

But as officials say, the important thing in this case is to help find the children a better home.

"I guess disgusted. This case is a lot more involved, because all of these children are from other states. We thought we were going to have some of the extra children placed by this time, but being over state lines, we have to go through family court to get them back to their parents," said Robinson.

On Monday, Farah will appear in court for a preliminary hearing.

That court appearance will determine if her case is bound over to the grand jury.

WBKO tried to interview Farah and her attorney.

But Farah declined, and her attorney didn't return our phone calls.


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