SNELLVILLE, Ga. (PIX11) — A Georgia couple was arrested after police say they left an infant outside in a cold vehicle — while they were reportedly having sex inside their feces-filled home.
The Gwinett Daily Post reported that an animal control officer responded to their home on Feb. 13 in reference “an animal complaint.” That’s when they discovered a minivan “with an infant inside and the driver’s and passenger door completely open.” The average temperature that day was reportedly 32 degrees.
After several minutes of knocking on the door, the officers say Katrina Marie Norman, 32, came to the door wearing “a pink one piece lace suit” and a blanket. Louis Thomas Cope showed up a few minutes later.
“Based on their appearance,” the police officer wrote in their report, “it appeared they had left the child in the vehicle while having intercourse.”
Cope, 23, reportedly told police that he and Norman had just returned from buying groceries, when Norman “surprised him with the pink lingerie.” Cope told officers that he and Norman did not engage in intercourse at that point — because he put a dog collar on Norman and told her to “stay” while he went back out to the car. It was reported that the parents said the infant, born last year, was alone in the car for only a few minutes.
When officers entered the home for further questions, they “immediately smelled a strong odor of urine and feces” and “trash thrown about the floor and a folded dirty mattress partially obstructing the door.” The kitchen was “very dirty and unsanitary” and the children’s bedrooms contained animal feces and “so much trash on the ground I could not walk without watching where I was stepping.”
Two other children reportedly living in the house — born in the 2005 and 2007 — were deprived, police said.
Cope and Norman were charged with maintaining a disorderly house and second-degree cruelty to children, a felony. Both have been released on a $16,900 bond.