James Fisher's Home: A Short Story

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Georgia mother Deborah Oats left her home for a night of "clubbing," leaving her starving 11-year-old daughter behind to fend for herself.

Not long after her mom took off for some fun, neighbor James Fisher heard a knock at his door. 11Alive reports it was the child standing outside begging him for food because she had nothing in her home to eat.

Fisher happily invited the girl inside where she was given a large plate of spaghetti from the man who welcomed her and cared for her for the night, not knowing how long that would really be. He said:

“It was pretty obvious, she wanted help. She wanted us to do something about it.”
The neighbor watched as the time ticked on after the girl arrived at 7:00 p.m. asking for his help.

Fisher was done
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He explained:

“The apartment was a wreck; it was horrible—like if you’ve ever seen an episode ‘Hoarders,’ almost like that.”
According to FOX News, Officer Chuck McPhilamy backed up Fisher's description of the girl's living conditions:

“They found the conditions in a word I can only say deplorable, between roaches and other insects, mold and fungus, no food inside the residence, animal feces.”
The mother finally did come home close to 3:00 a.m. to find Marietta Police officers waiting for her. She was arrested and charged with second-degree cruelty to children-criminal negligence/causes excessive physical/mental pain.

Oats’ brother, Ernest Laws, expressed his shock at his sister's arrest:

“Whatever has to be done has to be done, plain and simple. My niece is a little child, she doesn't know better. My sister, she definitely should know better.”
The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services removed the girl from her home, placing her in child protective custody, thanks to a caring

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