Parkton woman charged with child neglect
Posted March 11, 2009 12:32 a.m. EDT
Updated March 11, 2009 11:45 a.m. EDT
Parkton, N.C. — Detectives have charged a 31-year-old Parkton woman with child neglect.
Jacqueline Burden, of 7337 Hypony Trail, was arrested Tuesday at her home, Cumberland County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said in a press release.
Detectives had been investigating Burden since Feb. 20, after receiving a complaint of unsanitary living conditions at her home, where five children live.
On Tuesday, authorities found a 13-year-old at the residence. Health and safety issues were found due to a sewer system failure. Excrement was found on the bathroom wall, and spoiled food was in the refrigerator, they said.
The children were placed in the custody of the state Department of Social Services.
Burden faces five misdemeanor counts of contributing to the neglect of a juvenile. She was released from the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $1,500 bond and has a court date on April 14.
Property crimes detectives also charged Burden with felony possession of stolen property. She was given a $2,500 bond on that charge and was expected to be in court Wednesday.