A Warren County woman indicted on 19 felony counts in connection with leaving her children home alone is expected to be arraigned this week.
Jackie Evelyn Farah, 32, listed as homeless on the indictment, will be arraigned before Warren Circuit Court Judge John R. Grise, Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron said.
The date of the arraignment hasn’t been set.
Farah was indicted Wednesday by a Warren County grand jury on 14 counts of first-degree criminal abuse and five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
She has been in Warren County Regional Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond since July 3, after she returned from Chicago and was arrested by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
Also indicted Wednesday was her companion, Irving Deadre Smith, 32, who, like Farah, is listed as homeless on the indictment.
Smith is indicted on 14 counts of first-degree criminal abuse and five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
A federal fugitive task force has been looking for Smith since July 3.
“We’re still seeking the significant other,” Cohron said.
Smith’s name has been entered into the National Crime Information Center database. That means if a law enforcement officer comes into contact with him anywhere in the country and runs his name through an NCIC search, he can be placed immediately into custody.
Farah and Smith, according to investigators, went to Chicago on June 28 and left the children home alone at 130 Kingston Way for five days.
The indictments returned against Farah and Smith list the children’s ages from 7 months to 16 years old. The ages start at one 7-month-old child, one 1-year-old child, one 2-year-old, three 3-year-olds, two 4-year-olds, one 5-year-old, two 6-year-olds, one 7-year-old, two 8-year-olds, two 13-year-olds, one 14-year-old, one child whose age is not identified in the indictment and one 16-year-old.
The 19 children were removed from the house after Warren County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home to check the children’s well-being. The children were discovered alone in the residence with no food or air conditioning while the parents were out of town. There were several animals in the house and one of the downstairs bathrooms contained cat and dog feces about an inch thick.
One child pulled a television down on himself while Farah and Smith were away, but he was not injured.
The children have been placed in residential settings within a 100-mile radius of Bowling Green through the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. A spokeswoman for the cabinet has declined to comment on that aspect of the case.
Hearings by the Cabinet held in Bowling Green were not open to the public.
Cohron said any case involving the maltreatment of children, especially one that has received a lot of publicity as this case has, is a challenge to try.
“This is a unique case,” he said, noting it will take some time before there are indications of what the case disposition might be.
As to the placement of the children in the future, Cohron said whatever the final judgment is rendered in the case will determine if the children could ever go back to Farah and Smith.
“What happens in the prosecution will impact on the return of the children,” Cohron said.