A 38-year-old Florida woman named Shannon Marie Morgan was arrested after police found her young son in a house filled with 300 rodents, mistreated pets, and feces.
What did Shannon Marie Morgan do?
On Wednesday, reported by WTVT-TV, Shannon Marie Morgan was taken into custody and charged with one count of willful child neglect and 12 counts of cruelty to animals. The authorities responded to a call regarding possible animal cruelty at Morgan’s house in Florida, including torture, infliction of pain, or serious injury.
According to the Arrest Affidavit of Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were immediately overwhelmed by the pungent odor of ammonia from the residence while standing in the front yard. Several cages and glass aquariums containing snakes and 300 rodents as well as rats and cats running around the house, were found by investigators.
Authorities found the child in a bedroom. According to the document, There was a mattress where the victim slept with her son who was lying directly on the ground and covered in roaches. There were several cats in the room who were actively eating a dissected rat. There was bloodshed on the ground and over the room from the rat. Furthermore, the snake enclosure and rodents’ cages were surrounded by flies, roaches that took over the room, and other bugs due to the infestation of feces and urine accumulation.
As per the reports, there was also a dog, and ferrets were also kept in cages full of feces and urine without food or water.
Morgan Allegedly Said she Attempts to “Deliberatelythe Animals”
While the authorities looked around the room the defendant stated she is aware that it has gotten worse but still had not gotten help until today when she called a rodent company. Furthermore, Morgan stated she does not live at the residence anymore and she only comes to the residence to check on it nightly due to the state it’s in.”
Morgan confesses to the deputies and admits that she had become depressed with her living situation and that leads her in attempting to kill the animals so she didn’t have to deal with them. Sheriff Mike Prendergast said in a statement that Abuse of every kind is not to be tolerated. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office personnel were cautioned before the entry due to the circumstances of this residence and the animals, being so terrible. Neither, Morgan’s son nor the animals should ever endure this unfortunate environment.