Greene Co. women accused of child abuse, animal cruelty after kids found in feces infested home

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Two women in Greene County were charged with abuse to children and animals, according to court documents obtained by WJHL.

Jaedi Proveaux and Shayna Dean, both of 126 Culver Dr., Mohawk, TN, were charged Tuesday with two counts of each child abuse and neglect and three counts each of aggravated child abuse and neglect after deputies with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office on routine patrol saw two young children playing in a broken window at that trailer and stopped to investigate.

According to court documents, it took around five minutes for anyone to answer the deputies but once they did the deputies reported seeing 18 animals in the trailer, and urine and feces on the floor. Two children had bled from cuts they got on the broken window. Three other children were also found in the trailer.

Child protective services and animal control were called to the home. In a document filed in Greene County Sessions Court on Wednesday morning, Proveaux and Dean were also cited for cruelty to animals and for vaccination violation.

An animal control officer described in court documents a strong odor of ammonia and empty food bowls in the trailer, which was described as “very unsanitary with feces and urine throughout the residence…”

A litter box that “did not appear to have been cleaned in some time” was noticed in a corner. 

“The house was very dirty. One of the officers made the comment that it was one of the worst houses that he had ever been in,” Greene County Sheriff Pat Hankins said.

Hankins went on to say that the ammonia smell in the house was so strong that it burned the officer’s eyes.

“There’s a possibility there will be other charges,” Hankins said.

We’re told the children were treated for cuts on their hands and feet and are okay. They ranged in age 2-17.

The 18 cats and dogs are in animal control custody.

A nextdoor neighbor we spoke to said he was shocked this happened in his quiet neighborhood.

“I woke up yesterday morning to the whole area just totally full. I was kind of in shock,” Ivan Payne said referring to the police presence.

A neighbor News Channel 11’s Justin Soto spoke with off camera tells him her three children were the ones being babysat in that home.

She said she was just as shocked as the rest of the neighborhood, saying she’d never looked all the way inside the home.

Proveaux and Dean are each under $200,000 bond.

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