Mother arrested again on charges of neglecting children

An Augusta woman on probation for deprivation of children is in jail facing additional charges.

Laura E. Baughman, 30, of the 4000 block of Union Grove Circle, was arrested Friday after three children, ages 12, 11 and 7, were found living in a filthy house that was condemned by a city building inspector. The children are now in state custody.

According to a Richmond County sheriff’s report, a deputy called to a Department of Family and Children Services inspection at Baughman’s home found dirt, mold, feces and insects. A closet in the children’s room had a nest of spiders from floor to ceiling, the report states.

On Nov. 10, 2010, Baughman was charged with several counts of deprivation of a minor after children, ages 10, 9 and 5, were found at home without any adult supervision.

Baughman pleaded no contest to the charges June 22, 2011, and was sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $1,215. The judge ordered $100 suspended from each count if Baughman attended parenting classes for six months. Court records do not indicate whether Baughman completed any class.

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