A woman whose child was found living in an Ralston Towers apartment with trash, bugs and no edible food, according to police, appeared in Columbus Recorder’s Court this morning.
Katherine Formby, 31, of Columbus pleaded not guilty to child cruelty and reckless conduct. She was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail under bonds totaling $7,500.
Judge Michael Cielinski ordered that she be mentally evaluated by a county physician and bound the charges to Superior Court.
Columbus Police Officer Demetrius McDowell said he was called to the Ralston Towers at 211 12th St. around 9:25 a.m. Sunday to help a lost child who was crying in the main lobby and saying he couldn’t find his mother.
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Police found Formby in Room 304 and asked if she noticed that her son was missing. She said she was changing clothes and thought he went to Room 315, which was registered to her. It was also the room the boy identified as his home.
She then directed police to Room 315, which McDowell said was covered in trash and infested with roaches. There was no edible food in the residence and there were stains on the mattress, according to police.
The property manager told police that Division of Family and Children Services had been in contact with Formby about “the lack of care her son was receiving.”