March 6, 2013

Farah Pleads Guilty in 19 Children Home Alone Case

In the case where 19 children were left alone for several days, Jackie Farah, 32, of Bowling Green, pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, according to Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron.

Per the agreement reached between Farah and prosecutors, the other 14 counts of first-degree criminal abuse and another charge of first-degree wanton endangerment were dismissed. The children were ages 7 months through 16 years.

Assuming Farah complies with the terms of the agreement, she received a probated sentence of eight years.

Another person of interest in the case is Irving Smith, who, according to a witness, is the father of three of the children with Farah, and is apparently the father of the rest by a variety of women.

Smith has been indicted on 14 counts of first-degree criminal abuse and five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment by a Warren County grand jury. He is at large at this time.

All of the children were turned over to the state for placement in homes. It remains to be determined whether or not Farah will be granted visitation rights or will attempt to gain custody of any of the children.

Farah is pregnant with another child and her lawyer, Brad Coffman of Bowling Green, said he thinks doctors will induce labor before the next court appearance.

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