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Georgia Couple Accused of Locking Children in Closet

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File photo of a penitentiary. (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a penitentiary. (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

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HAMPTON, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – A Georgia couple is facing multiple child abuse charges after they were arrested for allegedly locking their children in closets with no food and water.

Anthony and Tammy Irvin of Hampton were arrested Oct. 27 when their actions were investigated by local authorities after a surprise tip from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.

“The juveniles went to visit relatives, at which time information was obtained (by family) in reference to possible child deprivations,” a release provided to CBS Atlanta by the Clayton County Police Department stated.” (This) lead to further investigations and the arrest of both parents.”

Anthony and Tammy Irvin, both 33, now face numerous charges, such as contribution to the deprivation of a minor (5 counts each), cruelty to children (10 counts each), battery-family violence (4 counts each), and false imprisonment (2 counts each).

The cruelty to children and battery charges would count as felonies if the Irvins are convicted.

“On more than one occasion, a juvenile was secluded from the rest of the family without food and water,” the release states in regard to the false imprisonment charges.

WGCL-TV reports that the Division of Family and Children Services in Georgia has had custody of the six children, whose ages range from 6 to 14, for several weeks.

Zoindia Kennedy, a neighbor of the Irvins, told WGCL-TV of an alarming conversation she had with Anthony Irvin.

“Oh, he was just like, ‘I beat their asses,'” Kennedy said.

Investigations in this matter are ongoing.

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