A mother accused of raising three small children in a house littered with trash, insects and feces has been arrested, court records show.

Shonda Renae Doss, 48, recently posted a $10,000 cash bond after she was arrested last week on charges stemming from a March 30 visit by Frankfort police officers to a home at 818 Fifth Ave., where they allegedly found three children living among several buckets, pots and pans containing human feces. Doss faces three counts of first-degree criminal abuse of a child under 12, a Class C felony.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charges and been ordered to not have contact with the children, who are in the care of another family member after the Department of Community-Based Services took custody of them.

Doss had a warrant out for her arrest after being indicted on the charges May 21. According to official reports, she was accompanied by a Child Protective Services agent later in the week to the police department to turn herself in.

FPD initially responded to the Fifth Avenue home after receiving a call from a neighbor who reported hearing a child scream for help. Inside, they found three children and several dogs and cats.

As officers investigated, they allegedly found not only animal feces and urine throughout the house but also large amounts of human urine and feces in pots, pans and buckets. There were also large piles of trash and insects throughout the house, they reported.

The water and electricity to the home appeared to be on and working.

Doss was identified as the only adult in charge of the home. She could now face up to 20 years in prison. Doss' next court date is scheduled for June 28.


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