Five Edgecombe County Children in Protective Custody
Posted June 6, 2001 5:24 a.m. EDT
EDGECOMBE COUNTY — Five young children are in protective custody after Edgecombe County officials found them living in what they call unacceptable conditions.
"Clothes were just piled up covered with urine and feces," says Edgecombe County animal control officer Kenneth Abrams of the conditions he found.
The children's father, Carl Meyers, faces a number of animal cruelty and neglect charges that could land him in prison for up to 22 years if convicted.
"It's six months per charge and he is charged with 45 counts so it's averaged out to be about 270 months," says Edgecome County Sheriff James Knight.
Animal control officers confiscated more than 20 animals from the family's home in Whitakers Tuesday. They say the animals were starving for food and attention.
They included dogs, cats and kittens that are now in the Edgecombe-Nash County Animal Shelter. A dog that had died was also found at the home.
At least two of the dogs have been placed in foster care.
"You couldn't really tell the inside from the outside because all the windows were shut all the time. When we went inside, I've never smelled anything like it," says Abrams.
Meyers is in the Edgecombe County Jail. His wife has not been charged.
The children, all elementary school age and younger, are in protective custody. Officials say the family had been living in the home for about a year.