‘House of horrors’ demolished

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, April 26, 2017


By Melanie Ruberti


HOGANSVILLE – A home once deemed “unsafe” for habitation in the 4700 block of Mountville – Hogansville Road was reduced to rubble Tuesday morning as construction crews tore down the structure.

The conditions inside the house were described as deplorable by Hogansville Police Chief Brian Harr.

Law enforcement officers with HPD, Hogansville Animal Control, the Troup County Marshal’s Office and the LaGrange – Troup County Animal Control were called to the home on March 6 after receiving an anonymous tip there were several animals on the property, Harr told the Daily News in March.

Officers found 31 animals – ranging from cats and dogs to chickens and a pot- bellied pig – freely roaming the house and the property, according to the report.

Officials also discovered a camper in the backyard surrounded by flies, the police report stated. Inside the camper officers found a young child watching TV and an infant asleep in a back bedroom. The room was attached to a bathroom where four other residents were allegedly using a five-gallon bucket as a toilet, the report said.

Officials and HPD investigators stated the smell of feces inside the camper was so powerful, some of the officers became sick to their stomachs.

Law enforcement officials discovered the inside of the main house was overrun with trash, cob webs, rotting food, empty liquor and beer bottles plus animal and human feces and waste, the police report stated.

Officers stated the trash was up to their shins in some places, according to the report. They also found mattresses covered in animal feces.

Brandi Pybus – McCoy, 41, Nicholas Luciano, 29, Eamantha Leanne Crain, 22 and Zachariah C. McCoy, 22, all of Hogansville, were arrested on March 8, said Chief Harr.

All four adults were each charged with two counts of first degree cruelty to children, Harr stated.

Pybus-McCoy and Luciano were also each charged with two counts of first degree cruelty to animals.

Zachariah McCoy and Crain were each additionally charged with two counts of deprivation of a minor, Harr said.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She can be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.