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Bulloch County woman arrested on child cruelty charges

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Audrea Marks (Source: Bulloch Co. Sheriff's Office) Audrea Marks (Source: Bulloch Co. Sheriff's Office)
BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) -

Bulloch County sheriff's deputies say they arrested Audrea Marks after finding filthy conditions in her home, and her three hungry children.

Investigator Jared Akins with the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office told WTOC this all started with a call from a concerned grandmother who picked up her grandchild from the home and saw absolutely unlivable conditions. Akins said the children, ages 6, 9 and 12, lived in the home on Aaron Station Road in Portal with Marks. Marks now faces three counts of cruelty to children in the 1st degree, three counts of reckless conduct and one count of disorderly conduct.

The Division of Family and Children Services placed the children with other family members after the discovery. Akins said the living situation was absolutely awful.

"Abhorrent living conditions. Fecal matter from animals, specifically in the children's rooms, a strong stench of urine throughout the house, and certain indications food in the home had been tainted."

Charles Grile, a Pooler based Attorney who used to be Marks' employer, told WTOC she has struggled for a while to support her family. He claims one of the child's fathers is way behind on child support, while the other doesn't pay enough. Grile attributed the animal feces to Marks raising Huskies to breed for extra money. He also said she is a dedicated parent who loves her children.

Marks is currently in jail, and Akins said she will eventually have an opportunity for a bond hearing.

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