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Four young Cobb County boys found living in squalor

Four brothers, ages 14,13,12, and 8, are now in state custody after they were found on Saturday living in extreme filth and squalor, the Cobb County Sheriff's Office reports.

Robert Hollis faces four counts of child cruelty.
Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Per Cobb police, the four boys lived with their mother, uncle, and a family friend in a run-down home in the Austell area. Inside the house, roach bugs and spiders ran amuck. Lice was found on the children and all over the home as well. The oldest boy suffers from a foot injury so severe that he will require surgery. All of the boys have rotting teeth and require immediate dental care. Yet, the boys' mother failed to seek medical treatment for any of them. In fact, a neighbor didn't even know that children lived in the home.

Authorities arrested Jennifer Ruth Hollis, 52, Robert Lee Hollis, 37, and Tony Elmore, 53. All three adults were charged with four counts of felony child cruelty in the first degree, per Cobb County arrest records. As of Monday night, they all remain in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. Each adult has a bond of $100,000.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Elmore, a convicted felon and registered sex offender, served a four-year prison sentence for rape, from 1990-1994.