Couple accused of holding daughter in deplorable conditions

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County couple is facing felony charges after being accused of keeping their teenage daughter in deplorable conditions.

Jade Jacobs has been jailed after being charged with cruelty to children and false imprisonment. Police say last week she walked into a hospital with her daughter, who is believed to be autistic, and said, "I can't do it anymore." The teen weighed only 60 pounds and had bruises on her face and body.

"There were...sores on her knees and buttocks,according to the doctor, the doctor believes that was from being in possibly confined spaces for a long period of time," said Cpl. Edwin Ritter of the Gwinnett County Police Department.

What police found in the family's home on La Mesa Drive in Lawrenceville seems to back that up. Officers say the girl's room was often shut by propping a dumbbell on the outside of the door. Inside, it was covered in human waste.

"We're not sure where she may have been confined possibly in this closet where there was a 2-by-2 foot mat inside this closet area that had feces on it and urine around it," Ritter said.

Neighbors say the family just moved into the rental home weeks ago; many say they didn't even realize children were living there.

Three other children also living in the home have been placed in DFCS custody. Police are still looking for Jacobs' husband, William Brown. He faces same charges -- cruelty to children and false imprisonment.


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