Authorities have arrested a mother from Georgia after she allegedly left her 22-month-old toddler locked in a closet for several hours while she made deliveries for the DoorDash service.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the child’s grandmother, Robin Lucas, expressing concern that her grandson was being left alone and locked inside his apartment. The child’s father, Miles Lucas, confirmed that the mother, Shania Sebastian, frequently left their child unattended for extended periods.
Deputies attempted to make contact by knocking on the apartment door but received no response. Columbia County firefighters were called to the scene and utilized a ladder to access the back patio, where they discovered an unlocked door.
Upon entering the apartment, deputies found the child sleeping on the floor inside a back bedroom closet, surrounded by trash and potential choking hazards. The child displayed small bruises on his body and had what appeared to be fecal matter in one of his ears, prompting further medical examination, told wsbtv.
The condition of the apartment was found to be appalling, with floors covered in trash, animal feces, and soiled diapers. The odor of fecal matter and urine permeated the premises. Five cats were discovered locked in a bedroom without access to water, and the floor was covered in cat feces. Additionally, a bird was found confined in a closet, with walls and floor covered in bird droppings. A pitbull was also found roaming freely within the apartment, and dog feces were present on the floor.
An animal control officer arrived at the scene and took custody of the animals. The child was placed in the care of his grandmother.
When Sebastian returned to the apartment around 4 a.m., she was apprehended by authorities. During questioning, she allegedly showed no remorse for her actions and displayed concern solely for the welfare of her animals. Sebastian justified leaving the child behind during deliveries by claiming it was not good for his spine to be in a car seat.
Sebastian now faces charges of first-degree cruelty to children and first-degree cruelty to animals.