Aunt charged after kids found alone in ‘deplorable’ conditions, deputies say

Shanetta Power (Source: Spartanburg County Detention Center)

SPARTANBURG COUNTY (WSPA) — A Spartanburg woman is facing charges after deputies say young children in her care were found unsupervised in a bug-infested home without air conditioning or a refrigerator and complaining that they were hungry and thirsty.

Shanetta Monique Powers, 27, has been charged with three counts of child neglect.

Spartanburg County deputies responded Saturday to a lot at 1257 Ridgecrest Avenue after receiving a call that children had been left alone at a home there.

Deputies say they found three young children – the oldest appeared to be just 3 or 4 years old – in a house with no working air conditioning.

The little boy told deputies they had been crying and looking for someone and said they had been left at the home for a long time, according to investigative reports.

Deputies say the only food in the house was a loaf of bread and although there was running water, the children could not reach a glass and the children said they were hungry and thirsty.

The little boy was the only child wearing clothes, while two toddlers had on soiled diapers, the report states.

A basket with clothing in it for the toddlers was filled with items soaked with urine and covered in dirt and feces and their bed was also covered in urine, while roaches were crawling around the kitchen, the report states.

While deputies were speaking to the children, their aunt, Shanetta Powers, came home. Powers blamed the deplorable conditions on her landlord and said the children were in her care, but could not provide birth dates and other information to the deputies, according to an investigative report.

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