A Rockdale County father allegedly locked his three children in their rooms for months- depriving them of adequate food.
And investigators said he had his two adult sisters help him, but they declined to say why the children had to be locked in their rooms.
Mr. Lev Dzyuba, 37, Ms. Alina Anna Dzyuba, 20, and Ms. Natalia Mellon, 26, remained in the Rockdale County jail, a day after their arrests for false imprisonment and three counts of first-degree cruelty to children, according to the sheriff’s office.
The children, 8, 10, and 15, were removed from their Hull Road home in Conyers and placed into protective custody, the sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Chris Traylor said.
“They had been locked up in their rooms for a couple of months,” Capt. Traylor said, adding that they were only allowed to leave to use the restroom, but even then they were always monitored.
Mr. Traylor said the treatment allegedly began after the children’s mother passed away, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Mr. Lev Dzyuba’s wife, Larisa, died Aug. 19, 2012, according to her online obituary.
A neighbor told Channel 2 Action News that nothing seemed amiss at the family’s home.
“It has to just completely separate them from all of their peers and just be a huge impact on them,” Mr. Andrew Covington said. “It’s just a complete shock to everybody that it would happen that close to home.”
But someone knew and that someone called the Department of Family and Children Services with the anonymous tip about the problem in the home, Capt. Traylor said.
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