One of two Dixmoor sisters who was accused of leaving their six young children unsupervised at a home police said was in “deplorable” condition has pleaded guilty to one count of child endangerment.
Giovonna Davis, 25, who was accused in April of leaving her 2-year-old and 4-year-old children in the care of a 12-year-old inside a home that was not fit for habitation, was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty Sept. 18, court records show.
It was not immediately clear whether Davis would regain custody of her children, which the Department of Children and Family Services placed in another home after her arrest.
A DCFS spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment, but said in April that the agency had removed a total of seven children, ages 2 to 15, from the home and opened investigations into both women.
Davis “must comply with all DCFS requirements, including safety plans and intact services,” according to the terms of her plea agreement,
Davis, now of Moline, and her 33-year-old half-sister Chiquita King, were arrested April 1 after police responded to their Lincoln Avenue home upon receiving complaints from neighbors.
At the home, officers found six unsupervised children between ages 2 and 12 and King’s elderly mother sitting on a soiled mattress without sheets, Chief Ron Burge said.
He said the home had no food in its refrigerator and holes in its walls, glass missing from its windows, mice droppings in the bedroom and black mold throughout.
Police charged both women with misdemeanor neglect and child endangerment, and King, who was her mother’s legal guardian and caregiver, was charged additionally with felony neglect of the elderly, Burge said.
King, whose case remains pending, is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 2.