Woman pleads not guilty in abuse case

19 children were left alone in filthy home

August 3, 2012 

BOWLING GREEN — A woman accused of leaving 19 children alone in a hot, filthy home near Bowling Green for a week has entered a not-guilty plea.

The Daily News said that Jackie Evelyn Farah, 32, appeared Tuesday before Warren Circuit Judge John R. Grise. She is facing 14 counts of criminal abuse and five counts of wanton endangerment.

Officers found the children, who ranged in age from 7 months to 16, and several pets after getting a call from a neighbor. Police say the home had no air conditioning, and one room had an inch of animal feces on the floor.

Prosecutor Chris Cohron said Farah would be represented by the public defender's office. She remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.

Meanwhile, officers are still searching for Irving Deadre Smith, 32, who has been indicted on the same charges as Farah.

A federal marshal's fugitive task force is looking for him in the Chicago area because authorities think he has family there.

Warren County sheriff's detective Tim Robinson says Smith could be hard to find.

"He's got no place to be," Robinson said. "When you have no place to be, there is no place to look."

Farah's next court hearing was set for Sept. 17.

"We will provide discovery to the defense counsel by the end of this week," Cohron said.

Robinson said the case against the couple hinges on three things — the lack of supervision of the children, the neglect of the home and the physical condition of the children when they were taken in early July. Robinson said none of the children suffered serious harm.

He said Smith's name has been entered into the National Crime Information Center database, but that will help only if he comes in contact with police.

"He can fly under the radar and watch TV all day," Robinson said. "We are dealing with a whole different culture here."

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