Police: Couple forced kids to live in crumbling house
by Sarah Westwood
May 25, 2014 04:00 AM | 3388 views | 2 2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Cobb County police have issued an arrest warrant for a Marietta couple they say allowed their house to fall into such a state of disrepair and filth it endangered the safety of their children.

Jennifer and Francisco Rodriguez and their five children lived in a twobedroom home off South Park Drive that has since been condemned as unfit for habitation by the Marietta code enforcement office, according to the warrant, until police were summoned to the dwelling and removed the family from the home.

According to police, the floors of the home were covered in so many layers of dirt that carpet fibers were no longer visible. Insect colonies, from spiders to roaches to flies, had infested the entire house, police say.

The warrant states the bathroom floor was covered in feces and “had not been cleaned in years.” In the bedrooms, the floor was littered with so much garbage authorities could not make their way through the room without walking on top of the piles, the warrant says.

Outside the home, police say the unpaved driveway hosted multiple puddles of standing water, some of which were contaminated with sewage. The warrant also claims the house produced such a powerful stench it could be detected from outside. Police say the five boys living among the filth were placed into protective custody after authorities inspected the house.

The parents have each been charged with five counts of contributing to the deprivation of a minor.

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May 26, 2014
So, Cobb PD is now policing housekeeping. Nice.

Is that what the new flake jackets were needed for?
May 27, 2014
Hey, genius...I for one am happy that our police officers are looking out for the well being of children. Did you even read the article? Someone needs to be their advocate because it sure isn't the 2 incompetent breeders called 'parents.' And you became the 'flake' and lost all credibility when you made the snide comment about required police attire. It's called a FLAK jacket, sweetheart.
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