Mother arrested after child found in 'poor' living conditions

- Deputies have charged a mother with child abuse after her 2-year-old was found wandering outside their home and living in poor conditions, according to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said a child was found wandering around the area by a local resident along the 8100 block of Smith Road on Tuesday.

A deputy arrived on scene and found two adults standing by the 2-year-old boy. The adults said the child had been wandering the area unsupervised.

The child was dirty, wearing dirty clothes and seemed to have a bad smell, according to the deputy,

The concerned citizen pointed out the mother's house to the deputy. The deputy said he went to the mother's house and went inside, and was overcome with a strong smell.

The deputy found food items and trash all over the floor of the home, and multiple bags of garbage stacked in the kitchen.

The deputy said there were multiple soiled diapers in the kitchen on the child's high chair. About 35 to 40 bags of garbage were found in the back yard, near the backdoor of the residence.

The deputy said the mother appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug.

The deputy placed Annie Oxendine under arrest for child abuse.

DSS took custody of the child. Oxendine was charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

She has been placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $4,000 secured bond.


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