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Thibodaux woman arrested after authorities find child, animals in adverse conditions

Thibodaux woman arrested after authorities find child, animals in adverse conditions

A Thibodaux woman was arrested after deputies found her child and several animals living in adverse conditions inside her home. Danielle Morgan, 30, of 220 Leighton Drive, was charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty and one count of cruelty to juveniles.

On the afternoon of Thursday, July 3, deputies responded to the Morgan's residence after learning there were several dogs living there in unfavorable conditions. Upon arrival, deputies noted a strong odor of animal urine and feces inside the home. Morgan allowed deputies to enter the home, and they observed a large amount of animal excrement on the floors.

There were several dogs and cats inside the residence that appeared to be in poor health. Some of the animals were in kennels, while some roamed freely inside the residence. They also observed Morgan's three-year-old daughter to be walking around the home barefoot and stepping in feces. Deputies also observed what appeared to be scratches made by an animal on the child.

Due to the condition of the residence, juvenile detectives and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services also responded to the scene. A member of Morgan's family agreed to take custody of the child. The animals at the residence were transported to the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter.

Following detectives' investigation on scene, Morgan was placed under arrest for 14 counts of cruelty to animals and one count of cruelty to juveniles. She was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux and released Friday evening after posting $3,400 bond as had been set by Judge Bruce Simpson.