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N. Augusta Cops Find Baby in Van with Roaches; Chewing Dog Bone


An argument between two women last week at a Knox Avenue gas station led public safety officers to a disturbing discovery.

A baby was on the floor of the van partially under the front passenger seat. The child was only wearing a diaper and it was so full of excrement, the tape on one side was unfastened, a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report said.

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The child’s mother, Shadasha Mann, 23, was in the van with a friend March 9 and the two got into it while they were in the parking lot of the Murphy Station. The argument was so heated the store clerk called 911 and a public safety officer arrived as they were leaving, the report said.

Shadasha Mann, 23, of Augusta, Unlawful neglect of childIt seems the Mann was angry because her daughter was chewing on a dog bone. The officer saw the driver’s children and then found Mann’s daughter on the floor, partially covered in papers with roaches crawling on her, the report said.

Mann told the officer she was “done” and they were on their way to the Department of Family and Children Services in Richmond County to surrender the child. Her other two children are already in state custody. The Department of Social Services was called and took the child into emergency protective custody, the report said.

While they waited for DSS, the officers had to tell Mann to put a clean diaper on the child. They had been at the location for nearly an hour and the baby still was on the floor, the report said.

Mann, of the 1800 block of Maryland Avenue, Augusta, was arrested and charged with unlawful neglect of a child. The driver also was cited for driving without child restraints. Her mother, who had car seats, picked up the 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.


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          • Some people refuse to be fixed and are hard wired for mediocrity or failure. Sadly, a common theme in many areas and amongst many groups.

          • That’s an absolutely absurd question and quite sensational. Starving children because we would hold adults responsible as parents? I’d say there would be far fewer cases of child neglect if we stopped propping up bad behavior. Debate closed. It’s called an opinion – as you may display your own- but I’m finished answering obtuse and ridiculous questions.

          • Oh, I agree. I’m never afraid of intelligent questions and welcome them, as they are extremely rare- although i do fear those who harbor the unfounded belief of possessing an ability to engage in intelligent discourse. But, I do thank you for the warning- if at any time I find your rhetoric even close to overwhelming, I will cry ‘uncle.’ Have a wonderful evening.

  1. I try so hard to talk to these young women about the responsibilities of being a mother. It is the hardest and most thankless job in the world and yet it is the most important. It takes a WOMAN to raise a healthy, happy child. What you have today is kids having kids which is why so many children are in peril. What can a kid teach another kid about life? If I could say one thing to these young girls it would be this; Think before you have sex. You can go to Wal-Mart and get some form of birth control. Make these boys and men wear a condom. If he doesn’t want to send him walking. I say all of this because I don’t see ONE picture of the man who impregnated this woman. SHE is the one being arrested and publicly shamed for the deplorable conditions her child was found in. Not to mention the situation this child has been put in. This poor child has probably endured what no child ever should. I just feel like crying right now for this poor baby. This situation may be a blessing in disguise. This young woman clearly needs help. But my message to the young women remains the same; Think before you lay down with these men and boys. Protect yourselves and remember that many times it is YOU who has to deal with the consequences.

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