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Questions swirl in shed case

By Walter Geiger A man and woman were jailed last week on charges from other counties after they were found living, along with two children, in a 10×12 accessory building behind a home at 230 Aldora Street here. A neighbor, Kelly Harshbarger, discovered the family’s spartan living arrangements Aug. 22 when he confronted the father of one of the kids about their killing his chickens by throwing pears at them the previous day. Harshbarger called DFCS and the Atlanta news media, according to sheriff Brad White. The adults, each parent to one of the boys, had a bed in the shed which all four shared. The shed was behind a residence occupied by David Hay. There was no air conditioning, no running water and only an extension cord for power in the outbuilding. The parents, Christopher Paul Hutchins, 41, and Amanda Lorine Boyd, 36, were arrested on charges from other counties. The boys were taken into protective custody by DFCS personnel. No further information was available at presstime Monday with regard to their fates. Hay said he let the family live in his shed because he was trying to help them. He said he thought the boys stayed with neighbors during the middle of the day to avoid the heat. The adults earned their keep by performing odd jobs for him, Hay added. He said he had asked Hutchins to leave but he refused. Deputies were back at the Hay residence Aug. 23 after Hay said a neighbor had learned Boyd had pawned an impact tool gun, an air hammer and another air impact tool having a total value of $900 at a Griffin pawn shop. Major Leslie Holmes of the LCSO reported Aug. 24 that investigators were still trying to determine what charges, if any, will be filed against Hutchins and Boyd with regard to conditions they had their children living in. Sheriff White said Friday that charges with regard to the pawned items were still pending because Hay ‘has changed his story several times’.

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