Woman arrested, charged with child deprivation

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A Hephzibah woman has been arrested and charged with three counts of deprivation of a minor after she left three children unattended at a Hephzibah park on Thursday.

According to a Richmond County sheriff’s report, 33-year-old Shantell Marie Oneal, of the 2100 block of Travis Road, dropped the children off at 8 a.m. at Diamond Lakes Park on 4335 Windsor Spring Road. She told the children she would be back to pick them up at 3:30 p.m. when she got off work.

An officer found the children unsupervised at about 11 a.m. The children were without food and water and were exposed to an outdoor temperature of 90 degrees with no shelter. There were also state prisoners doing grounds work at the park during that time, the report states.

The children were turned over to the Department of Family and Children Services. Ms. Oneal was later arrested at her house at about 4:10 p.m.

The three children left unsupervised included a 10 year old girl, a one year old girl, and a boy either five or six years old.

The woman’s relationship to the children was not made available. She shares a last name with the oldest child.

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MS_ALEXIS
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MS_ALEXIS 07/24/09 - 09:57 am
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What is wrong with people.

What is wrong with people. And for the simple fact she could have found a baby sitter or someone to go with the children. These so called "mothers" or "guardians" of these children need to be doing hard time so they will learn a lesson. It is to many child molesters, kid killers, child abductors, and sick people out here to leave any child out of your sight.

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faith 07/24/09 - 10:27 am
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What a piece of crap of a

What a piece of crap of a mother. She doesn't want or care for her kids. She just wants a check from the government. I bet they all have different baby daddys too.

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stovall st 07/24/09 - 10:33 am
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she sound's like one of the

she sound's like one of the run of the mill crack heads to me.

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Debster 07/24/09 - 10:39 am
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How incredibly sad! I can't

How incredibly sad! I can't imagine leaving my 10-year-old alone anywhere alone, much less a 1-year-old. Just what was this woman thinking? Ohf that's right, she wasn't!

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jack 07/24/09 - 10:41 am
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They don't have a problem

They don't have a problem spitting them out but plenty of problems taking care of them once here. Put her butt in jail. A 10 year old in 90 degree weather is bad enough, but a one year and 5-6 year old is criminal.

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Fiat_Lux 07/24/09 - 11:05 am
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Take it easy guys. Wait to

Take it easy guys. Wait to hear why before you send her to the chair. I'm willing to bet it would have been a lot easier for her stay home with them and collect welfare.

quentin
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quentin 07/24/09 - 11:18 am
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The only answer to the

The only answer to the question as to why a mother would leave her children in a park alone is the women has some serious psychological deficits and needs immediate counseling.

mgr
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mgr 07/24/09 - 11:28 am
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It makes your heart sad to

It makes your heart sad to visualize the 3 children standing there as she drives off.

FlyersFan77
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FlyersFan77 07/24/09 - 11:41 am
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I feel most sorry for the 10

I feel most sorry for the 10 year old, being left with such a huge responsibility as to care for a one year old baby and a 5 or 6 year old child. That child had a burden placed on its shoulders that no child should.

WhyAugusta
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WhyAugusta 07/24/09 - 11:47 am
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What's is so sad about it she

What's is so sad about it she excepted the ten year old to watch the two younger ones, she left no money no food and no water. I understand she had to work but understand also they are all sorts of resources such as the Y that will watch your kids. I can tell from reading she's a low income based parent. They have so many resources to supervise these kids this woman should she locked in the park with no food water and surrounding by prisoners.

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TrukinRanger 07/24/09 - 11:59 am
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Surely there are plenty of
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Surely there are plenty of people sitting home all day in hephzibah that SOMEONE would have watched them for her... I'm sure she could have paid SOMEHOW

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plzgetalife 07/24/09 - 12:02 pm
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This is a very sad

This is a very sad story...and to go that far to say she is a income based parent is just ridiculous!!! If that was the case the mother would have daycare assistance or she could get a summer scholarship to place the kids in. You never know a person situation or what they may be going through! It was not right to leave those kids there...but please don't judge people based on what you read in this small article!!!

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CricketSeranade 07/24/09 - 12:07 pm
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Okay, let me see if I have

Okay, let me see if I have this straight. She dropped the kids off at 8am and told them she would be back at 3:30 to pick them up. The police picked the children up at 11am. She was supposed to pick the kids up at 3:30 but the police found her at home at 4:10. Did she not go back to the park to pick them up? If she did and didn't find them there, why wasn't she burning up the phone lines calling the police to report the children missing? I'm not buying that she is an impoverished parent just trying to make a living for her kids. More like she just didn't want to be bothered caring for them. If she had to leave them alone, why not leave them home alone where at least they have access to shelter, food, water, and a bathroom. No excuse, NONE! So no Fiat and getalife, we are not jumping to conclusions, the facts are there.

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Fiat_Lux 07/24/09 - 12:18 pm
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One thing that is

One thing that is particularly troubling is that the 10-year-old could have been allowed to babysit the other two at home, especially if she had some back-up reachable by phone. It's not strange for a kid that age to have that kind of responsibility-- except to people without a knowlege of even recent history. Children that age, until the past few generations, often took over the role of a parent when necessary. A normal 10-year-old is capable of handling this. The question is, why did Mom dump 'em at the park without food or water instead of leaving them safely at home?

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dove64 07/24/09 - 12:33 pm
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wow, i can't imagine being in

wow, i can't imagine being in that situation. she should have left them at home, unless something else was going on there. god be with her kids.

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bumblebeerose 07/24/09 - 12:35 pm
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Those poor children. Give

Those poor children. Give them to some one who will take proper care of them. The mother not much to say their just not a mother who cares about her childrens safety.

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pray 07/24/09 - 01:00 pm
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I'm not taking up for this

I'm not taking up for this woman and I understand that this woman was wrong for leaving her kids and should be punished, but sometimes mothers can get so overwhelmed that the enemy (the devil) can take over their mind and have them to do things that are selfish and ridiculous. No one knows her reason for leaving those kids and there were other options to choose vs the choice she made. We are in the world, but not of the world. We need to stop taking this thing so serious ( the things going on in the world now- job issues, economy & health care) and focus on the importance of life, especially our children. Please mothers out there, get some family support if you can't take care of your kids or give them to someone who can. Stop making these foolish mistakes. Oh my goodness!!

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whyaskwhy 07/24/09 - 01:34 pm
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Yes PRAY. Let's not point.

Yes PRAY. Let's not point. Let's pray. Because at this very hour, there are other children walking the streets or being forced to stay outside all day while the mother is "gone to work" or right inside the house. Some children will find "a friend" to visit and get something to eat from the friend's house while others will sit on the curb and cry. Let's stop when we see them and ask where they are going and if they need help. Children who are frustrated with these so-called Mothers" will tell and ask for help. Be ready to HELP them (the children).

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plzgetalife 07/24/09 - 01:41 pm
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Cricket.....I totally agree

Cricket.....I totally agree with you there is no excuse for her actions..and I too believe she should have left them home. My point is....I am so tired of people making comments or judging people actions by saying low income based parents. I don't get that....a person income doesn't dictate their actions!!! You could have a million dollars and still make dumb mistakes!!

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EnoughAlready 07/24/09 - 01:45 pm
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I personally do not care what

I personally do not care what kind of "financial" status this woman is living in. How dare she leave 3 children unattended?!? My heart goes out to those children. It's amazing that they stayed together and nothing worse happened to them. Sad thing is, the joke we call DFACS will give the kids back to her once their "investigation" is done. And, she will be allowed to pop out more kids that she won't want to care for (if, in fact, these turn out to be her kids... which I bet they will). Gggrrr.... I cannot stand stupid, selfish parents!

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stillamazed 07/24/09 - 03:51 pm
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This is a strange story, she

This is a strange story, she probably was not even going to work....if so why not leave the kids at home where they would be inside in a safer enviroment and at least be able to eat and drink water, what about milk for the baby. There is no excuse for this, she may not have even intended to pick them up at all. This is why people need to stop having children they can't take care of yet they continue to pop them out over and over and look what happens. I feel sorry for those children but certainly not the mother, if you can't care for your children there are organizations you can turn to, you don't have to just walk off and leave them in a park or a street corner.

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corgimom 07/24/09 - 05:03 pm
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Knowing kids, she probably

Knowing kids, she probably did give them food and drinks (although maybe not, you never know) but if she did, it was gone by 8:10. Just thank God that those kids, especially the baby, didn't die. A 10 year old would have no clue as to how to handle an emergency. The mother took them to the park because she either didn't have, or didn't want to pay, a babysitter. I just wonder what would've happened if one of the kids had gotten hurt. And whyaskwhy, no, those children AREN'T going to tell and ask for help. You are naive to think that they will. They love their mother, no matter what, and they are too afraid they will get beat or taken away from their mother.

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FallingLeaves 07/24/09 - 08:29 pm
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My mom was raised in a town

My mom was raised in a town where she could hop on the bus with a handful of money at age 6, go to the store with a list for her mom, and come back on the bus with a little bag of groceries and change. She roamed all over the town, stopping for snacks of nuts or berries from the trees and bushes, depending on the time of year. When she was raising us, she wanted to keep her house clean so we spent most of the day outdoors and she didn't call us in until lunch or dinner. If we didn't hear her, we didn't eat. We roamed about a 2 mile square area, woods and all. We saw snakes, feral hogs, feral dogs, sand pits, "sticky mud" down by the swampy part of the creek, and rusty barrels leaking into the creek. No telling what that was.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/24/09 - 08:33 pm
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Point of my 8:29pm post is.

Point of my 8:29pm post is. You can't do that in Augusta/Richmond County anymore and not too many other places either. It's too dangerous. If I had shooed my children out of the house like I was raised, I would have been visited by DFACS. Some people still raise their children like that, maybe that's all they know. But we should know better by now. With children parents need to be like momma bears, vigilant, not far away and ready to protect them if needed.

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tdp 07/25/09 - 09:50 am
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These children should be

These children should be taken away from her permanantely. She doesn't have enough sense to take care of them. So sad.

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duba_0707@yahoo.com 07/25/09 - 05:34 pm
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Someone should leave her on

Someone should leave her on an island without food or water and tell her someone will be back in a week to see if she makes it. Thats what she did to these children without any care for their welfare. She does NOT deserve to get them back. Where will she leave them next time?

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