NWGA Scanner | September 15th, 2022
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report and Floyd County Jail reports, Floyd County Police initially responded to an animal cruelty complaint at a home located on Morton Bend Road. Upon arriving, police noticed a large number of people living there in extremely unsanitary conditions. “They then saw evidence of cruelty to children,” said FCPD Sgt. Chris Fincher. We’re just glad we’re in a position where we can help them.” According to the report, Inside were three minor children under two years old and a disabled adult. The children and disabled adult were physically dirty and suffering from some form of serious bites all over their bodies. The children also had severe diaper rash. The home contained a large amount of animal and human feces and household debris, and the bathroom had black mold. The entire property, inside and out, posed a risk to human health, the report said. Leslie Michelle Smith, 41, Rocky Eugene Hayes, 37, Daniel Nickolas Johnson, 24, and Hannah Cheyenne Leatherwood, 23, Courtney Leann Johnson, 22, Stephen Shane Leatherwood, 47, all of Rome, were all booked into the Floyd County Jail charged with neglect of an elderly or disabled person, three counts contribute to the deprivation of a child resulting in serious injury, and three counts of second-degree cruelty to children. “These cases are very sad because children can’t control the environment they are living in,” Sgt. Fincher said.