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Dalton men charged with cruelty to children after children walk to store to ask for food

According to a release from the Dalton Police Department: "On August 27, 2020, at approximately 7:25 PM, the Dalton Police Department was called to the Morris Street area by a concerned citizen to check on two children walking in the roadway. Once Officers arrived, they spoke with two children, ages 5 and 8, and determined they had been left at home while their parents were at work. It was determined that the children had walked from their home to a nearby store and asked for food and were stopped by a concerned citizen while walking back. Officers conducted a check of the home while investigating the case and determined that the home was not in a condition suitable for children, and there was no food in the home. Officers were able to contact the Department of Family and Children’s Services once it was determined that there were no responsible adults at the residence." DFACS was able to make contact with the parents of the children and after completing the investigation the following charges were made: • Sammuel Mardogueo Tomas-Bernardo, 24, Dalton, first-degree cruelty to children (deprivation of sustenance). • Geremias Tomas-Deleon, 32, 308 Janice St., Dalton, first-degree cruelty to children (deprivation of sustenance).

According to Whitfield County Jail records both men remain in jail Tuesday night on a $10,000 bond.