(03/08/2013)

Lucas Wayne Buckhannon (L) Jamie Lynn Farrar

Four children, ages one to four, have been removed from a Gilmer County residence, the children were described to be living in deplorable conditions. Their parents have been arrested on multiple counts of abuse and neglect.

Children's Protective Services found the children living in a house with 14 dogs, with dog feces and urine found throughout the dwelling, the children were suffering from scratches and scarring from the animals, according to a criminal complaint.

State Police have arrested Lucas Wayne Buckhannon, 30, of Troy and charged him with child abuse with risk of serious injury.

Also charged, Jamie Lynn Farrar, 29, of Troy, charged with child gross neglect with risk of serious injury.

The complaint says the three male children were malnourished, and the female victim was reported to be thin for her height, according to medical evaluations.

A witness, according to the complaint, said diapers were not changed on the children for long periods, and they often went without supervision.

In the complaint, a witness reported she observed the children being knocked down by a dog, "the dog attempting to have sexual intercourse with the children, which caused some of the scratching."

The witness said "No efforts were made on behalf of the parents to prevent this from occurring."

Buckhannon and Farrar are in Central Regional Jail, bail set at $200,00 for each adult.


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