POSTED: Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 3:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A Bowling Green, Kentucky woman has been charged with child abuse after Warren County authorities removed 19 children they said were left unattended for about a week in her sweltering home.
The sheriff's office responded to a check welfare complaint at the home late Monday.
When deputies arrived they found 19 children ranging from 8 months to 14 years old with no supervision, no working air conditioning or food.
All of the children were transported and treated at the Medical Center then placed into protective custody of the state.
Jackie Farah, 32, is charged with 14 counts of first-degree child abuse and five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
Authorities said Farah is the biological mother of some of the children involved and had asked neighbors to check on the children while she left.
She was traveling from Chicago to Bowling Green when officials discovered the children and instructed her to report immediately to the sheriff's office.
Farah was arrested Tuesday afternoon after speaking with authorities.
Nine dogs and one cat were also removed from the residence by the Warren County Sheriff's Office Animal Control.
Authorities said living conditions were found to be unacceptable for the juveniles and animals.
When police arrived at the home, they said temperatures were in excess of 90 degrees.
Social workers from the Department for Health and Family Services were contacted and responded to the scene.
The sheriff's department is still investigating.