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UPDATE: Teen Boy Found "Unresponsive" in North Forsyth County, Two Arrested

A 15-year-old boy was found "unresponsive" in the backyard of a north Forsyth County home Monday morning and two adults have been arrested.

UPDATE: Nov. 29, 12:20 p.m. (mug shots, suspects remain in custody)

is investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy who was found unconscious in the backyard of a Gainesville home Monday morning.

According to Major Dan Jagoe of the Criminal Investigations Division, authorities responded to a 911 call at a home on Walnut Cove Court located in the northern part of the county. The caller stated the young man was laying in the backyard and was unresponsive.

Jagoe said in a new release that the teen boy was spending the night at the home of a friend when he was found unconscious. Following a search warrant of the home, which was found in "deplorable conditions," authorities arrested two adults.

Robert Lancaster, 46, of 9035 Walnut Cove Court in Gainesville and his wife, Laura Lancaster, 52, of the same address, were taken into custody and charged with second-degree cruelty to children on Monday, Nov. 28.

The charges are a result based on the conditions inside the home said Jagoe. Investigators discovered dead animals, feces, bugs, trash and other debris inside.

The Lancasters remain at the with no bond at this time. They are scheduled to see a Magistrate Judge on Wednesday, Nov. 30, according to Capt. Tim House of the FCSO.

The teen boy, whose name has not been released, was transported by ambulance to  where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy is being performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Decatur to find out how he died.

The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing.

Liz Kennedy (Editor) November 29, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Hi MM, thanks for the catch!
Trent Cornwell November 29, 2011 at 06:30 PM
This is horrific. It causes me to wonder how many other teens and kids are living in deplorable conditions in our county. If you know of someone living under these conditions please let me know. We can and will help.
John Owens November 29, 2011 at 06:33 PM
Another paper is reporting "The younger teen told authorities they had been drinking bourbon, smoking marijuana, huffing dust cleaner and taking Klonopin, a prescription medication commonly used to treat anxiety.
SOGTP November 29, 2011 at 08:06 PM
Trent Cornwell. What if they are happy living in these conditions? What if they don't care, because they are hopped up on all the house cleaning solutions. Maybe that's why the house was so disheveled. The kids stole the cleaning supplies from the adults to snork, smoke, sniff whatever ...
Trent Cornwell November 29, 2011 at 08:26 PM
Mr. Bill I will respond because I believe it would be rude of me not to. Nevertheless, I do not know that I can answer your question that begins with "what if". I know there would be many conditions in this case and every case like this that I do not know about. Just recently in the news an eight year child was taken from his parents due to morbid obesity. He weighed 200 lbs. I know there are plenty of ethical questions that would need to be answered before action would need to be taken by government. I will still stick with my previous statement, "We can help..". If they are unhappy living in the conditions we could help them secure better conditions. If they are "happy" in those conditions I would do my best to explain to them how a more satisfying form of happiness could be found outside of a life of drugs.
SOGTP November 29, 2011 at 08:50 PM
Trent. I applaud you for trying to help. I have no problem with that. All I tried to relay is that they might not know they are living in bad conditions. It might just insult them to tell them they are living like hogs.
Trent Cornwell November 29, 2011 at 09:16 PM
Mr. Bill I understand your point. I read several of your blogs here on the Patch and enjoyed them. Thank you.
Miranda Serwitz November 29, 2011 at 09:21 PM
This is super sad. I was close to this kid. I knew him well.The lancasters never did anything to him they werent even home that night (a messy house is the cause for their arest). The boys were doing dangerous things that they shouldnt of, but the important thing is the students of North Forsyth are learning a valuable lesson from all of this.
Miranda Serwitz November 29, 2011 at 09:23 PM
"Those people" didnt do anything to him. They were out and he was smoking. They were arrested for cruelty to children because their home was so disgusting.
Miranda Serwitz November 29, 2011 at 09:24 PM
You are focusing on the wrong part of this article he didnt die of the horrible conditions. He didn't even live in that house his best friend did. The point of this story is that he died from drinking taking pills and huffing.
Miranda Serwitz November 29, 2011 at 09:26 PM
The two boys were doing drugs. His friend died. End of story.
Trent Cornwell November 29, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Miranda I see your point. I did not know about the substance abuse when I first posted my comment. Substance abuse by teens is by far a bigger issue in our county then "deplorable homes" in our community. I have ridden with the Alpharetta Police Department on a few occasions and have seen the problem first hand. Please, do not mistake me as someone who wanted to cast blame on this family. I had just responded to the information I had read at the time. Good day and God bless.
SOGTP November 29, 2011 at 09:32 PM
Miranda. I agree. Living in a messy house is not a crime, I think. For them to be arrested on these charges is at first glance "police state", but I would need to know more. They should focus on drug abuse. Is the abuse of cleaning supplies considered drug abuse.
SOGTP November 29, 2011 at 09:34 PM
Miranda a good lawyer will probably get them off. I understand your point. Without knowing more, I agree 100% with you.
Liz Kennedy (Editor) November 29, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Details of the incident report released of what allegedly happened Sunday that resulted in the death of a North Forsyth High School teen can be found in this follow up article - http://cumming.patch.com/articles/forsyth-county-authorities-investigating-teen-s-death
Amanda Closs Davis November 29, 2011 at 10:06 PM
"a messy house"? ahem.... "DEAD ANIMALS AND FECES" among other trash and debris. That is not just a messy house. that is absolutely disgusting and harmful. trust me. this is not a small issue.
Amanda Crest November 30, 2011 at 07:33 AM
The Students of North Forsyth have not learned SQUAT. All they are doing is jumping on the bandwagon of prayer for the family, soaking up the mob mentality of the whole situation. I can bet the farm that this weekend they will all be back at parties, and trading prescriptions during the week. I knew the sisters in middle school, and they were amazingly sweet girls. So I am indeed sorry for their loss, but I lost sympathy over the situation. The kid was inhaling cleaning solutions and popping pills. I'd be more shocked if he came to school the next day alive. The conditions of the house, no matter how deplorable they were, should not be held against the parents. It said an animal was found, it didn't say if it was in the back corner of the basement they didnt use, or even in the irresponsible sons room. The parents had returned from a trip, which means the children left alone in that house could have easily not cleaned up after themselves for the few days. From personal experience, I know a bowl with salad dressing residue doesnt have to be left out for more than 24 hours for it to attract roaches. The police report, and the reports we have all been reading are very vague. Having known the kids the boy hung out with, it is honestly no surprise that something tragic happened. I'm sorry that we lost such an outgoing personality, but the situation has left me shaking my head.
SOGTP November 30, 2011 at 09:39 AM
True Amanda. But is it now a crime to live like a pig. I have a friend in Chicago that lives in an $800K mansion with two Yorky's. You must watch where you walk, because he does not take them out. I know another bachelor that never cleans pots and pans or dishes. They stack on his counter for months and the bugs are horrible. If they choose to live this way, is it a crime? I refuse to live this way, you may refuse to live this way ... but it smacks of "police state" using the law to enforce home cleanliness. Bad stuff!
Miranda Serwitz November 30, 2011 at 01:28 PM
You're right amanda. All I was saying is that this isnt the point of the story or the cause of Trey's death. The lancasters were always strange ever sense I met their son in 4th grade. His mom has some kind of mental disability and his dad was never home. Pleaase dont judge until you know the whole story.
Miranda Serwitz November 30, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Amanda crest you dont know anything about the NFHS students! I am a student their and I can tell you we have all learned a very valuable lesson. Again dont judge uless you know the whole story! People like you annoy me because you dont even know! None of us were "jumping on the bandwagon" we all truely care and are upset by the loss of Trey. I dont care if you knew his sisters, you didnt know Trey. He was an amazing kid one that you would never think would die as a freshmen. Please, have a heart and gain some respect! He's dead for God's sake! If you had a close friend die of something stupid would you want people to care to blame and insult your friend? Think. Trey was close to us all and know that he is gone nothing seams real so please just stop!
Darlene Davis November 30, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Trey was a friend of my son! Trey has been on vacation with my family & spent the night at our house many times. He was such a kind, friendly & polite kid! He will always be remembered & missed by my family. We are truly shocked by what has happen to him & our hearts are filled with grief. Now is a very good time for all parents to talk with their kids about the danger of trying drugs & dealing with their grief of losing their friend Trey. I hope all of the kids that knew Trey & even the ones that did not know him will realize just how dangerous drugs can be. I really think Ethan needs his parents at this time in his life. This is probably the first friend Ethan & alot of these kids have lost in their lives. It is a time for all of us to pull together & be strong & hopefully learn from this tragic death. It is not a time to judge or blame someone for the circumstances surrounding the tragedy of Trey's death. I am sure there is already enough guilt & what IF'S being felt right now by friends & family. I do not understand why the "Lancaster's" were not given any time to clean their home, just as so many other people have been given time to get their house in order by Dfax. The "Lancaster's" were out of town & as a parent we all know how kids can be about cleaning if you do not stay on them. The arrest of the "Lancaster's" has made a terrible matter even worse. Our prayers will be with both families & all of Trey's friends. May God bless you all.
D December 01, 2011 at 01:24 AM
I have been in this house and it was more than messy. I did not see dead animals or anything that needed to be reported. Just lazy parents that would not clean up after themselves or thier children. If they wouldn't teach thier children to respect thier home how are the children going to learn to respect themselves?
D December 01, 2011 at 01:31 AM
The house was MORE than just dirty it was FILTHY. This is more than just kids not cleaning up after themselves. It is very apparent that the parents do not take care of what they own. Kids should not have to live in the city dump. Has anyone caught on to the fact that the parents left minor children at home ALONE for the Thanksgiving weekend. They were off having fun while thier children lived in filth and who knows what they had to eat. This family has money so hiring someone to clean or someone to take care of thier children is not a problem, they just dont care.
D December 01, 2011 at 01:34 AM
MINOR children were left ALONE--also there were no rules in the house for self respect or respect of what your parents worked hard for to give you. How are the kids to have respect for rules of no drugs. I too knew the family and mom is definatly mentally ill. Dad worked hard and they could afford to have someone clean that house instead they let thier kids live in filth.
Miranda Serwitz December 01, 2011 at 01:31 PM
Who was your son? I was a friend too. We all miss him so much. And I hope everyone that is insulting Trey and the Lancaster's stop and realise how badly everyone is greiving.
elizabeth hardin February 29, 2012 at 10:13 PM
i knew the kid and his friend and i miss him alot his name was trey
elizabeth hardin February 29, 2012 at 10:16 PM
ok yall need 2 stop i know the kid i miss him alot his name was trey and yall r not realising the point

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