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Aiken Mom Jailed for Raising 4 Kids in Unsafe Home; City Officials Say House is ‘Uninhabitable’


An Aiken woman was arrested on four counts of child neglect after a neighbor found the woman’s 2-year-old son last Sunday evening wandering the streets alone.

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A caller alerted law enforcement to the dire conditions at the child’s home and an Aiken Department Public Safety officer was dispatched.

What the officer found at Rebecca Sue Sanders house were filthy, unsafe conditions for her four children.  The floors were covered with rotting food and the house, on the 900 block of Dexter Street, was infested with roaches, an Aiken Department of Public Safety report said.

Not only was it filthy, but the floors were badly damaged and the wood was rotting. There was also a foul stench the permeated the residence, the report said.

The officer met with Sanders last Sunday to find out why the little boy was out alone. She said he must have left the house when she wasn’t paying attention. The officer was concerned about the living conditions in the house, the report said.

The case was then handed over the Public Safety’s Juvenile Investigations Unit, who notified the Department of Social Services about the children’s situation. DSS did place the four, the 2-year-old boy, a 6-year old boy, a 9-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy, with another caregiver, the report said.

An inspector with code enforcement was called in and the house was deemed to be uninhabitable, according to Public Safety Lt. Karl Odenthal.

Warrants were issued for Sanders, 27, and on Saturday she turned herself in at public safety. She is charged with four counts of unlawful neglect of children, the report said.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


  1. You know something? I hate white trash. Lazy, trifling and full of drama and excuses. Will be able to afford cigarettes, pepsi, junk food and liquor- but not adequate care for the kids they pop out. There’s no good excuse why children should live in these deplorable conditions. Now – I’m sure I will have some dip-sh!t on here throwing out ‘what if’s’ and ‘but’s’ and a lot of horse dung about how the mother couldn’t help it or some other slack excuse for mediocrity. It boils down to this..even if you’re poor – you can keep a place clean. And by the looks of mom, she wasn’t burning off any calories cleaning the place. Children don’t and shouldn’t suffer just because you cant stop having them and have no parental skills. And here’s a quick ‘kiss my ass’ to those who will defend the poor mom or make it class warfare…there’s no excuse for this garbage.

    • Yes I hate white trash also u are so right about what u said she needs to be put n jail for life for allowing her children living like that and I be damned if I ever let my son live that way white people have low standards and are low lifes.

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