DSS: Loaded weapons, filthy conditions lead to mom's arrest

(Spartanburg) Herald-JournalOctober 22, 2013 

A Moore woman has been charged after a deputy and a Department of Social Services worker reported finding her children living in filthy conditions with loaded guns within the children's reach Oct. 15.

Catherine Michelle Lister, 26, of 144 Sheldon Drive, was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of neglect of a child, according to arrest warrants.

A deputy and a DSS worker went to the home Oct. 15, an incident report states.

The deputy noted piles of dirty clothes and the smell of rotting garbage in the home, external surveillance cameras and signs stating, "I don't dial 911" and "No trespassing, violators will be shot, survivors will be shot again" outside the house, the report states.

The deputy found a 12-gauge shotgun and .22-caliber rifle, loaded and with the safety mechanisms off within reach of the children, ages 2 and 4, in the master bedroom, the report states.

The deputy found more dirty clothes, rotting food and soiled linens on the children's beds. The deputy confiscated the weapons, the report states.

Lister's husband, Derrick Shun Lister, 28, was arrested last week in connection with the incident.

Catherine Lister and Derrick Lister have been released from the Spartanburg County Detention Facility.

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