Neglect Case Leads to Arrests of Four Adults


“Unsanitary and inhumane” are the conditions described in a Brazil house that was home to four adults and six children.

The adults now face charges and the children are in state care.

Residents shared a range of emotions.  

“Being pissed off, that would be mildly putting it,” says Chris Frye. 

“I don’t think any child should go through that, I mean, I just can’t even imagine,” says Elizabeth Snavely. “Why would a mother and a father just shouldn’t they have a bond with them and stuff?”

In court documents given to WTWO by the prosecutor’s office, the four suspects: Chardonna Cochran, Ashley Whitesides, Charles Whitesides and Brice Holden are charged with level 6 felonies for neglect of a dependent. 

“Like, I don’t agree with that at all,” says Frye. “Neglect back twice as bad, really.”

“It’s shocking it happens here,” says Tara Coltharp.  

All four have pleaded not guilty.   

From the road looking at their home you can see high chairs outside, a display of alcohol; however, it’s what is inside that has officers concerned. 

Prosecutors shared pictures showing a sink holding rusty murky water and tattered mattresses that lie on the floor.

Not suitable living conditions for six kids. 

“It’s sad, but the sadder part about it is there’s more houses like that in Brazil than you’d ever imagine,” says Frye. 

“You’re just breaking a family up right like that because of the parent’s consequences,” says Snavely.  

“[You] very rarely hear it happen in Brazil and it’s just scary,” says Coltharp. 

The prosecutor’s office reports Charles Whitesides will be in court February 19th
Both Chardonna Cochran and Ashley Whitesides don’t have hearings until July and, Brice Holden is scheduled back in court in June. 
C. Whitesides has posted bond, but the other three adults remain jailed at the Clay County Justice Center. 

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