Re: Obese children removed from filthy home
- From: realpch <realpch@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 11:53:53 -0700
Michael Snyder wrote:
Follow up: there were also 18 pets in the house.
A domestic dispute between two brothers brought police to the home of
James and Anne Cardona on Monday, August 16, 2010. Authorities were not
prepared for what they found.
The Cardona?s, along with their two young daughters, were living in
filth and squalor. The stench reached all the way to the street.
Both girls were morbidly obese and in bad health. James and Anne Cardona
were arrested and face ?felony second-degree child cruelty charges along
with misdemeanor charges of contributing to the deprivation of a minor?.
James And Anne Cardona: Morbidly Obese Children Removed From Filthy Home
James Cardona, 31, and Anne Cardona,35, are the parent?s of a five year
old girl weighing 159 pounds and a four year old daughter weighing 89
pounds. Both children are classified as morbidly obese and have a
variety of health issues.
Officers found the inside of the home filthy, covered in roaches,
?gigantic? spiders, cobwebs and fleas. The home is also covered in black
The five year old cannot stand or sit without help, and can only walk
about 10 feet before wheezing and losing her breath. The four year old
was found on a bare mattress, in a urine soaked diaper?clinging to her
bottle. Both girls have communication problems.
According to arrest warrants, the 5-year-old had ?head lice large
enough to see while standing above the child,? her teeth were ?rotting
out,? her gums were swollen and she was covered in spider and flea bites.
?She is extremely obese and cannot walk 10 feet without becoming
out of breath and wheezing,? according to the warrants. ?She cannot sit
down without assistance, or stand up.?
The 4-year-old ?was found lying on a stained mattress with no
bedding, wearing only a urine-soaked diaper,? the warrants state. ?The
bottom of her feet were black from dirt, and she is also covered in
insect bites ? Neither child is enrolled in school.?
The children are now in state protective custody and Anne and James
Cardona were released on bond. Ms. Cardona was re-arrested Thursday
night after it was learned she had mislead the court earlier this week.
Seems Anne Cardona told the court she had to care for her ailing,
bedridden mother in the home. Police had already removed her mother,
covered in serious bed sores and taken her to a hospital, where she remains.
Cobb County Animal Control is also involved in this tragic case of
abuse. While saying there were no signs of animal abuse, they did remove
five dogs, two cats, nine birds and two turtles from the disgusting
home. All 18 creatures were living inside the house.
I cannot, for the life of me, understand parent?s allowing their
children to become morbidly obese. The health problems alone are
inviting tragic consequences. Where were the neighbors, other family,
All the really obese young kids I see around here, and I've seen quite a
few, are accompanied by one or two extremely obese parents. It's
definitely the family diet and lifestyle. Sometimes I want to grab them
and say, "Look, do you know what this is going to do to your life?" If I
did that the parents would probably knock me down. The kids look well
cared for, but they're just fat. I bet they get reasonable medical care,
and the clinics must say something about it, but the whole family would
have to go on a diet and change their activity levels. It's a tall order.
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