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Roanoke Rapids mother charged with child neglect

Posted September 29, 2010

— A Roanoke Rapids woman was arrested Tuesday on child neglect charges after authorities found two boys locked in a room filled with feces, police said.

Lauren Michelle Sutherland, 20, of 335 W. 4th St., was charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was being held Wednesday in the Halifax County jail under a $5,000 bond.

Roanoke Rapids Deputy Police Chief Adam Bondarek said officers received a tip about child neglect and found two boys – ages 3 and 5 – locked in a room in Sutherland's apartment. Fecal matter was on the floor and walls of the room, he said.

"The entire residence was covered in filth. The conditions were abhorrent," Bondarek said.

Bondarek said what his investigators saw in the apartment will stay with them for a long time.

"It can hit home. We have families, too, and children, too," he said.

The Halifax County Department of Social Services was called to assist with the investigation.

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Bondarek said investigators are looking into Sutherland's history to determine how long the neglect had been going on.

"Her behavior in this particular incident...is not an isolated incident," Bondarek said.

Sutherland's family members, who were at her apartment on Wednesday, said the home was clean of fecal matter. They said Sutherland is innocent.

The boys were being cared for by Sutherland's family members on Wednesday.


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  • jojomaroon Sep 30, 2010

    All too often this is what happens when an uneducated white trash skank hooks up with a brotha ...

    Unfortunately the little brats are destined to amount to little more than a life time filled with feces anyway.

  • ncguy Sep 30, 2010

    so tired of these single mothers!

    It's not like birth control is hard to get!

    Yes I know dead beat dads too- another reason for birth control- how about if your boyfrined actaually marries you and has a job longer than 2 years maybe have kids then- if not- no babies

    still think if your on governement assistance it should be a shot given by a doctor once a year!

  • Adelinthe Sep 29, 2010

    question why - "Little kids sometimes play in their diapers."

    The children were 3 and 5.

    The 3 year old might still play in their diaper, although they should no better, but if the 5 year old is doing it too, there's a mental problem there.

    And hey - why wasn't the 5-year old in school???

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Sep 29, 2010

    Ok, so they take the boys from her and give them to her family who says...

    "Sutherland's family members, who were at her apartment on Wednesday, said the home was clean of fecal matter. They said Sutherland is innocent."

    Yeah, those boys are real safe with her family.


    They sound like a bunch of enablers.

    Praying for the boys.

    God bless.


  • genegeneandnancy Sep 29, 2010

    Rockguitar said exactly what I was thinking....by the way, where are the boys' father (fathers)?? I see her dad is taking care of them for now. The poor children living in those conditions...what was she thinking?????

  • OneLove Sep 29, 2010

    Has the whole world gone crazy?

    Yes, most definitely. and crimes against children are at an all-time high. As someone else said, Children are a gift from God. and I cannot fathom how anyone can treat kids this way. ALWAYS put yourself in that child's shoes. How would she have felt to be locked in a room? Praying for the children and that their Mother gets help. LOVE YOUR KIDS!!

  • Baybee Doll Sep 29, 2010

    I've tried twice to comment on this story, my comment being an inquiry as to what is wring with this woman...or maybe I should say kid.

  • question_why Sep 29, 2010

    I know that it is not popular to see things like this but I always wonder when a place is described as nasty if it is something that just hasn't been cleaned that day or if it indicates days of neglect.

    Little kids sometimes play in their diapers. Could this be a case of the kids being kids and not serious neglect or are we talking about a week's worth of waste around the room. Typically I have these thoughts when people's pets are removed though, it is very sad to hear that this was the offspring being locked away and unsupervised.

  • dr1nk1ngm3rcury Sep 29, 2010

    She's just a girl... too young to be raising children.

    Praying that these two boys recover and are given a safe home.

  • Insane in the left lane Sep 29, 2010

    Has the whole world gone crazy?