Parents Charged For Leaving Their Five Children In Auto Repair Shop

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

A couple from Marietta, Georgia, might have misunderstood what Take Your Kids To Work Day means. 

Dennis and Ashley Thomas are accused of leaving their children — ages 1, 2, 3, 13, and 14 — at a mechanic's garage where they worked and forcing the children to live and work there. 

The children lived in the garage for several days, according to the parents’ arrest warrants.

“The children were observed with multiple insect bites, filthy clothes and had not bathed in days,” the warrants state. “Upon checking the refrigerator, (a police officer) observed old, moldy food. The toilet was unclean and unusable due to feces all over the seat and floor.”

Last month, the couple called the police requesting assistance because they were no longer able to afford food and shelter for their children, but police said the family refused help when they referred them to a local charity.

The couple were charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors, reported the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. They both posted $1,000 bail and are out of jail, but the children remain in protective custody.​

Sources: Atlanta-Journal Constitution, WSBTV

Image: Cobb County Sheriff's Office via WSBTV