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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bowling Green Woman Who Locked Up Child In Room To Play With His Urine And Feces Indicted.

Woman accused of locking up son indicted
Byrns allegedly kept 4-year-old in room littered with urine, feces

The mother of a 4-year-old boy who police found naked and locked in a feces- and urine-filled room was indicted Wednesday on a charge of second-degree criminal abuse.

A Warren County grand jury indicted Sharese Marie Byrns

, 28, 455 Three Springs Road No. 10, Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron said.

“The court will issue either a warrant for her arrest or an order to appear by the end of the week,” Cohron said.

If Byrns is convicted, she could spend five years in prison.

When Bowling Green Police Department officers arrived at Byrns’ home Aug. 8, no one answered their knock. A bystander, who asked to remain anonymous, told police that he or she had knocked on the door for more than a hour with no answer.

Officers asked the child, who was seen through a window, to come to the door. He told them he couldn’t, according to city police records.

After several minutes, the boy’s mother came to the door and said she had been upstairs in her room resting. She told police her son was locked in his room taking a nap, according to BGPD records.

When Officer Marc Kaiser walked inside the home, food containers and dirty clothes were scattered throughout the living room.

Fly traps hung from the ceilings in every room.

“I noticed the pungent smell of urine and feces,” Kaiser wrote in his report.

When Kaiser opened the door to the boy’s room, he noted that the lock to the door was on the outside. In addition to that lock, he noticed a silver latch on the door frame, the kind commonly used for securing tool sheds.

Once inside the child’s room, Kaiser’s shoes squished as he walked across the saturated floor padding. Kaiser said the odor took his breath away.

The little boy didn’t have a bed, only a urine-soaked mattress in the middle of the floor, which was littered with food and feces.

Instead of a coloring book and crayons, the boy reportedly had been playing with his feces and drawing on the wall with his own excrement.

Kaiser called child protection services, which removed the boy from the home, according to police records.

Byrns does not have any felony convictions.

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