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Maysville couple gets probation after some charges dropped in child cruelty case
03102018 CHILDCRUELTY
David and Jessica London

Three of the seven child cruelty charges were dismissed against a Maysville couple accused of having poor living conditions for three minor children, according to court documents.

Jessica Dean London, 33, and David Ricky London, 32, were both sentenced Oct. 15 to 10 years on probation under the First Offender Act on four second-degree child cruelty counts.

The three first-degree child cruelty counts were dismissed.

The Division of Family and Children Services initially referred the case to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, who arrested the Londons in March 2018.

“The investigations revealed that the children were deprived of necessary food and sustenance to the extent that their health was jeopardized, resulting in medical treatment,” Lt. Scott Ware previously told The Times.

The second-degree counts in the indictment alleged the Londons caused “excessive physical and mental pain by failing to keep living conditions clean and failing to provide adequate food and heating and cooling and failing to ensure said child received schooling.”

David London’s defense attorney, Tom Csider, did not respond to a request for comment from The Times.

Under the First Offender Act, both defendants will be considered exonerated of guilt on these charges if they fulfill all the terms of the sentence.

Jessica London’s defense attorney, Andy Maddox, said his client has already completed most of the terms of her probation.

According to added terms of probation, Superior Court Judge Jason Deal ordered the Londons must work a minimum of 20 hours per work, live in a residence with electricity and water and have no more than one cat or dog in the house. 

The children must also have no more than five unexcused absences in a year, according to court documents.

There is also a behavioral “incentive date” for three years from Oct. 15.

“As long as she has done all conditions of probation, her probation will terminate,” Maddox wrote in an email.

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