Police: Mother of 8 left kids unsupervised in insect-infested home

Bethany Marie Schubert, Source: RCSO
Bethany Marie Schubert, Source: RCSO

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Two kids were found alone in a Richmond County house Thursday with no heat or supervision and very little food. Deputies say the home is insect-infested with piles of dirt and trash everywhere. The kids told officers they haven't seen their mother in days.

"I was very concerned about the well being of the kids. I noticed that when I have been coming over to her house, they're playing in the streets," said Vanessa Schubert, the suspect's sister.

Vanessa Schubert said she called the sheriff's office on her sister. She said her sister has a drug abuse problem and she leaves her seven kids home alone all the time. With the youngest being only three months old, something had to be done.

"She'd be at her boyfriend's house, leaving kids watching kids and sometimes I'd be worried about them not having anything to eat," Vanessa Schubert told WFXG.

According to the incident report, deputies found piles of dirt, hair, dog feces, and clothes everywhere  and the only food in the home was three slices of ham, mayonnaise and a bag of sugar. It's been a really cold winter, and Vanessa Schubert said her nieces and nephews didn't even have access to heat.

"They were using the oven for heat and a space heater, but really that's not enough to heat up a house, and it has been cold," Vanessa Schubert said.

Her sister, Bethany Marie Schubert, was arrested and charged with four counts of deprivation of a minor.

"Something good will come out of it," Vanessa Schubert said. "You know, we're doing the best we can. That's all we can do is pray. Pray for the best."

Seven of the eight kids are now staying with Vanessa Schubert.

"It's hard because I know that they've had a rough and hard life but you know hopefully I'll be there to guide them and show them the right way," she said.

The family said they aren't going to bail Bethany Marie Schubert out of jail. They're hoping that for the sake of her children, she learns her lesson and takes responsibility for her actions.

Vanessa Schubert is taking care of 10 kids right now, her three children and the seven belonging to her sister. If you're interested in helping the family with clothes, shoes, or food for the children, contact Traci Washington here by email, Facebook, or Twitter.

Kids sizes are below:

  • 3-month-old boy: 6-9 months clothes, size 3 diapers
  • 3-year-old girl size: 5 shirts, 6 pants, 9 shoes, 5t pull-ups
  • 4-year-old girl size: 5 shirts, 6 pants, 11 shoes
  • 5-year-old boy size: 6 shirts, 8 pants, 12 shoes
  • 10-year-old boy size: medium shirts, 10-12 pants, 5 shoes
  • 13-year-old girl size: medium shirts, 8/10 misses pants, 8.5 shoes
  • 14-year-old boy size: medium shirts, 16 pants, 8.5 shoes

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