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      Messy couple charged with child cruelty

      Cobb County police have charged a man and women with felony child cruelty after authorities discovered animal feces, garbage, mold and insects infesting their home.

      An anonymous tip led police to the Mableton home of Christian and Ruth Swanson. They face two counts each of felony child cruelty.

      Sgt. Dana Pierce with the Cobb County Police Department says officers found maggots, half-eaten food and two decomposing dogs in two different bedrooms near where two young children routinely play.

      The children, two girls, have been placed in protective custody. A phone number listed for Christian Swanson was disconnected Wednesday.

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