There are some things that police officers can prepare for and be trained to deal with. However, on a recent call to a home in South Carolina, USA, officers discovered that there are some things no amount of training can prepare you for.
Police officers were distpatched to the home of Savanah Victoria Morgan, a mother who was eight months pregnant, after her 2-year-old son was found unresponsive in his room.
A call involving an unresponsive child is harrowing enough, but the officers couldn’t have imagined the distressing scene they were about to witness at this Gray Court, South Carolina home.
An incident report said officers found a home with “deplorable living conditions and a foul odor within.”
A disturbing scene
After an extensive search through trash and feces, they discovered the child, who had clear signs of physical abuse. A number of bruises both recent and old led officers to believe he had been subjected to frequent beatings.
Along with a critically injured boy police discovered a vast number of dead and dying animals, some in bags and containers. There were around 90 in total, including cats, dogs, rodents, reptiles, pythons and tarantulas, according to the police report.
An extensive search of Morgan’s home also uncovered two more children, aged 1 and 2 years old, who were placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services.
The boy’s mother originally told deputies that he choked on some chips and that she called 911 when she went into his room and saw he wasn’t breathing, according to the sheriff’s office.
The boy was airlifted to the hospital and is on a slow road to recovery.
Officers said they also saw soiled diapers, clothing, feces, trash and broken glass on the floor.
Lt. Scott Franklin couldn’t believe the horrific scene he had witnessed. He told Fox Carolina, “I’ve never seen anything like it in my 20 years doing this.”
Two emaciated dogs were also found chained up behind the residence with no food or water, according to one report.
Morgan was held in jail and her bond set at $85,000.
These poor babies; such a heartbreaking and distressing story. We hope they can be put with a loving family who give them what they deserve and need.
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