The suspect’s sister called police to the home in the 300 block of Barbara Road at 9:30 a.m. Thursday to check on the children. The woman told sheriff’s deputies she had previously reported her sister, Bethany Schubert, to the Department of Family and Children Services because she has a drug abuse problem and constantly leaves her eight children home unsupervised.
A deputy discovered the home unlocked with four unsupervised children between the ages of 5 and 14. A police report described the home as “bug infested,” with piles of dirty laundry, trash, dirt and hair throughout, with dog feces and urine on the bedroom floor. The only food in the residence was three thin slices of ham, mayonnaise and sugar.
The 14-year-old told police he had last seen his mother about 7 p.m. Tuesday.
A deputy located Schubert at a residence across the street, where she was staying with her boyfriend. Although the officer announced his presence to a man at the home, the report states he was not allowed inside until the homeowner arrived three hours later. Two of Schubert’s other children, ages 3 and 4, were discovered sleeping on the floor.
Schubert was booked into the Richmond County jail with four counts of deprivation of a minor. DFCS released her eight children, ages 3 months to 14, to her sister. Animal Control responded and took Schubert’s three dogs at her request.