Couple charged with deprivation of minor

An Augusta couple have been charged with deprivation of a minor after authorities found their residence in “unfit condition.”

Sasha Brandy McKenzie, 26, and Brandon Shavar Kesler, 28, both of Augusta, were booked into Richmond County jail Friday afternoon, and each faces three counts of deprivation of a minor, booking records show.

Deputies arrived at the house in the 3600 block of Sturnidae Drive about 10:15 a.m. Friday with an active warrant on a probationer and found the home in poor condition, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report. Augusta-Richmond County Code Enforcement was called to inspect and deemed the house uninhabitable.

The state Department of Family and Children Services was notified, and the children were turned over to a family member. Animal Control picked up two dogs from the house.

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