Mother Of Four Busted On Abuse Charges

Neighbors say there's been a problem building at 123 Aqua Trial in Somerset for quite some time.

“We've all been complaining about it for awhile,” said Joe Burnett.

The problem, police say, was garbage, clothes and even animal waste in every room. And police say Lisa Denny is now in jail because her 4 children were forced to live in it.

“Kids were always running around all over the place. Not really being watched whatsoever,” said Burnett.

“This was just a case where the mother refused to put the effort to take care of a residence to keep it clean enough to let her children live and sleep and eat in a home,” said Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood.

Police say their investigation got on the fast track when school officials called them saying there were some children coming to school hungry.

A home visit from the school turned into a call to police and officers on the scene say they couldn't believe humans could live in such a place.

“Odor in the house. Every room you had to step over something in the process of stepping over some items, you had to avoid stepping over a plate of food or left over food,” said Sheriff Wood.

Neighbors say Denny's four children were constantly put in harm's way.

“They’d be running up the road, cars zipping in and out of here, all the time. Nobody is watching them,” said Burnett.

The children, ages 4 to 14, are now in state custody and Lisa Denny is in jail charged with criminal abuse second degree


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  • by a mother also Location: kentucky on Aug 24, 2008 at 08:56 AM
    Yes, the good thing is they took the kids, but keep your eye on this story and watch them smack her on the wrist and tell her not to do it again and watch the kids be returned to her. I believe Social Services does there jobs to the best they are ALLOWED to do...but some other agency goes and puts the kids right back in the home. I am interested in seeing this case through.
  • by bee ky on Aug 24, 2008 at 06:59 AM
    they are no excuse for this mess ,daddy ,mommy and kids need to be made to clean it up and get on with life ,,the gov.givestoo much ,make ppl.earm thier way
  • by Anonymous Location: SE KY on Aug 24, 2008 at 06:41 AM
    She will get out of jail and social services will help her get her house clean and "Poof" the kids are back in her custody. It takes more than a clean house to raise children. If she doesn't care enough about the children to tidy the house up for them then I'm sure she is not loving and providing for them any other ways. These children need to be evaluated and placed in a loving, caring, clean home.
  • by K Location: Ky on Aug 23, 2008 at 02:13 PM
    This is our welfare system at it's best. What does everyone expect...we teach them to expect handouts, that everyone else (tax-payers) will take care of them, and that they are a victim. What is a shame is that these people continue to have kids...imagine our nation in 20 years. The working class cannot afford to have kids, but the welfare recipients can have as many as they want at our expense. It is a cycle....they grow up on welfare and when they get older they have no desire to get off welfare. This nation will be broke......IF YOU DO NOT WORK, YOU DO NOT EAT!!!!! That is what it is giong to come to.
  • by Angy Location: KY on Aug 22, 2008 at 08:01 AM
    Omg, they actually DID something and it was BEFORE someone nearly died??? Wow, way to go, social services! They're certainly improving from this time last year when the baby wipe case kid nearly died before someone FINALLY took him from his mother.
  • by mom of 4 Location: ky on Aug 22, 2008 at 06:42 AM
    i raised 4 kids myself(boys) at that and i worked a full time job and i only got 4 hrs of sleep b/cause by the time i cleaned house cooked and took care of my kids there was no time for anything else. my kids are grown and they turned out great.lets all pray for this family!!!
  • by j on Aug 22, 2008 at 06:34 AM
    There is a diffrence is an untidy house and a filthy one. It has hard to keep my home totally immaculate with 3 children running around but, I do my best to keep it as close to spotless as I can. Kids deserve a clean home and food and a parents attention. If you're not willing to provide that for them, then let someone who wants them take over. Kids are a blessing and should be treated as such.
  • by Zack Location: Lexington on Aug 22, 2008 at 03:55 AM
    Domestic Violence,Poverty,and ect... Does not give a reason for this kind of stuff this is a way to try to get out of the trouble. If all of this was her problem then why didn't she seek help? I have no use for a parnet likke this
  • by Mother of 3 Location: Eastern KY on Aug 21, 2008 at 12:39 PM
    I have seen cases like this in other parts of the world besides KY! I was once a single mother going to school and working, while also taking car of a child alone. My house wasn't filthy but it also wasn't spotless. It was hard but for the sake of my child I didn't let him live in a mess! His health and welfare was far more important to me! What would it have taken for this family to put trash in a bag or even a can and burn what u could? Its not the best way to dispose of trash but its a better option than leaving it for children to live in. I pray for the whole family children and mother and father.
  • by Mammy Location: London on Aug 21, 2008 at 12:24 PM
    What a shame. This mess. I'm so glad they got the kids out of this situation. I only wish people could and would do more to help other children who are living like this every single day. There are so many of them it's absolutely maddening. I wonder if the parents to these little ones are drug addicts.

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