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Mother charged after infants found in unheated shack
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Kathryn Bowman, 21, of Guyton, was arrested by ECSO for cruelty to children after officers found her infants on the ground in a shack with no heat, running water or proper food. - photo by Photo provided

An Effingham County mother is in jail facing cruelty to children charges after Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies found two 5-month-old babies inside of a shack with no heat, running water, or proper food for the infants.

According to ECSO reports, deputies responded to the Dogwood Way area on a tip that there was a suspect who was in the area wanted for parole violation. Deputies found the wanted individual next to the shack where the children were located. There, they also found Kathryn Boman, the children’s mother, next to a burn barrel.

Boman, 21, of Guyton was taken into custody and charged with two counts of cruelty to children in the first degree. The babies were lying on the floor inside when deputies arrived on the scene.

The investigation revealed that the children had been staying in the shack which did not have windows on nights were temperatures dropped in the lower 30s.

“It was uninhabitable,” said Effingham County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor. “She made no effort at all to find help for the children.”

Both children were taken to an area hospital and then turned over to the Department of Family and Children Services.

If anyone finds themselves in a situation where it becomes a safety issue for their children, they can call the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office as a resort and they will be assisted in finding the proper help needed for both that person and his or her children.