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SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- A Snellville husband and wife were arrested for keeping their home in such deplorable condition that their children were removed by the state.

Alan Gregory Tate, 52, and Jacqueline Marie Tate, 46, were charged with first-degree cruelty to children. Bail was set at $5,700 each.

Snellville Police Capt. C.G. Roberts said DFCS removed the couple's two sons, ages 17 and 15, from the house in the 1800 block of Pharrs Road. The teens were released to their grandparents' custody.

Health officials called the home an "imminent health hazard" and said they found cockroaches, cat feces and trash everywhere.

According to a police report, the house had no air conditioning, so "the smell was unbearable." Some of the toilets in the home were so backed up, they could not be flushed, and family members said "they have been reluctant to contact a plumber because of costs." Investigators also found "feminine products that had not been properly disposed" in the master bathroom, and a mattress "that was extremely discolored due to filth" on the floor in the 15-year-old boy's bedroom, according to the police report.

Animal control officers removed 11 cats from the house and found even more animals roaming outside.

The health department condemned the house, and signs were posted in the area to warn neighbors about the health hazard.

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