A mother, arrested in April for neglect after officers found her home where the child was living in a filthy and unsanitary condition, has been indicted by the Grand Jury
Jamie Lee Beising will appear for arraignment in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday, August 16th.
The indictment alleges that "On or about the 11th day of April, Beising did knowingly neglect a child under six years of age, so as to adversely affect the child's health and welfare constituting the offense of child neglect."
Sheriff Patrick Ray says on Saturday, April 10th, a deputy was dispatched to the residence of Beising, who lived on Old Snow Hill Road in Dowelltown, in answer to a complaint of an unattended child who was left in the home.
Upon arrival, the officer talked with the father of the two year old child. The father, who did not live at this residence, said he heard his child screaming when he approached the home and found the youngster there alone. The mother returned about fifteen minutes after the deputy arrived.
According to Sheriff Ray, the officer entered the residence and was horrified to find loose trash, piles of dirty diapers, rat waste on uneaten food, mold in the refrigerator, flies and maggots throughout the home and in a bedroom where the child slept was loose trash piled up even with the bed.
The Department of Children's Service was called to assist in the case and the child was removed from the mother's care.
Beising was among seventy four people indicted Monday by the Grand Jury . Eight people were named in sealed indictments but their names cannot be released until they are arrested.
Several Republican legislators just returned from Arizona, after delivering a resolution to Governor Jan Brewer and sponsors of the bold new immigration law showing Tennessee’s support. Representative Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) joined other Republican lawmakers, led by Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Representative Joe Carr (R-Murfreesboro), to meet with Senator Russell Pearce AZ, the author of SB 1070 which is called “Americas favorite bill.” .
The State House and State Senate passed House Joint Resolution 1253 this year, which commended Arizona for their bold move on immigration policies. That resolution became law without the Governor Bredesen”s signature on June 22. The Arizona act allows law enforcement officials to require citizenship documentation on any citizen that is detained or arrested. “It will take the political handcuffs off of our law enforcement and put them on those who break our laws.” Arizona spends over $2.7 billion every year on illegal immigrants.
“Tennesseans are overwhelmingly in support of the law passed in Arizona. A statewide poll showed 72 percent of Tennesseans support it,” said Representative Weaver. “Years—decades even—of inaction by the federal government is unacceptable, and people want action taken. The bold steps taken by Arizona are to be recognized, and learning more about what they are doing and how will aid us in finding a solution for our state.”
Tennessee has experienced an ever increasing and growing problem as a direct result of the Obama Administration’s refusal to deal with the problem of illegal immigration. The trip was paid for at personal expense. The lawmakers left on July 30 and returned on July 31.