Mother ‘out clubbing’ charged after child found begging for food

MARIETTA, GA (WXIA) When a little girl knocked on James Fisher’s door at his Marietta home asking for food at 7 p.m., Saturday evening, he was more than happy to welcome her inside for a heaping plate of spaghetti.

“It was pretty obvious, she wanted help. She wanted us to do something about it,” Fisher said of the girl, whose mother was nowhere to be found.

By about 2 a.m., Fisher said, the 11-year-old girl was sleeping on his couch. Fed up with no sign of her mother, Deborah Oats, he called the police, relaying what the girl had told him, which was that her mom was out “clubbing”–a frequent occurrence according to him.

After a call to police, he took the girl back to her neighboring apartment she shared with 52-year-old Oats.

Upon entering the apartment, a thick wall of humidity hit Fisher’s face, as he saw a “colony of roaches scattered throughout” the living room, kitchen, bedroom and across a broken air conditioner.

Fisher also witnessed a slew of fleas and ticks, attributed to the family’s dog and three cats, as well as a dirty mattress in the girl’s bedroom.

“The apartment was a wreck; it was horrible–like if you’ve ever seen an episode ‘Hoarders,’ almost like that,” Fisher recalled.

Fisher said that he observed dirty dishes, dog food and animal feces throughout the apartment, as well as a “fungus growing” on the kitchen and bathroom floors. There was additional fungus on the freezer and refrigerator among a flurry of scurrying roaches. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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