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Adel woman to serve six years in prison for cruelty to children

Carolyn Ann Lissimore

On Feb. 19, 2024, Superior Court Judge Richard L. Perryman III sentenced Carolyn Ann Lissimore, 44, of Adel to serve six years in state prison after she pleaded guilty to cruelty to children, first degree (two counts), according to court records.

The judge sentenced Ms. Lissimore to a total of 30 years, the first six to serve and the remainder on probation (given probation credit of 90 days). Ms. Lissimore also must pay $2,600 in restitution to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lowndes County, perform 20 hours of community service upon release, have no contact with the victims, and complete anger management.

Ms. Lissimore was initially arrested on April 26, 2021, according to the Adel Police Department.

Jeffery Chandler

Ms. Lissimore locked two children, ages 9 and 10, in a dog kennel and a room, without feeding them or bathroom access, on several occasions at her home, according to court records. Court records state that Ms. Lissimore caused “cruel or excessive physical pain or mental pain” to the two children. Warrants state that the two children were confined in a room locked with a padlock and a locked dog cage. 

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Rue Smith prosecuted the defendant, who was represented by court-appointed defense attorney Bridgett Sandlin Summers.

The State nolle prossed, or dropped, other counts of cruelty to children, first degree, false imprisonment, and cruelty to animals.

On Feb. 14, 2024, Chief Superior Court Judge Clayton Tomlinson sentenced Ms. Lissimore’s codefendant Jeffery Chandler, 65, of Adel to a total of 30 years’ probation after Chandler pleaded guilty to party to a crime – cruelty to children, first degree (two counts).

Chandler also was ordered to serve 160 to 180 days in a probation detention center; pay a $2,000 fine; perform 240 hours of community service upon release; and have no contact with the victims.

According to court records, Chandler “aided Carolyn Lissimore in the commission of cruelty to children, first degree, by locking (the children) in a bedroom with a padlock on the outside of the door, where there was not access to food, water, or a bathroom.” Chandler lived in the home with Ms. Lissimore and the children while the offenses were being committed, according to Adel Police.

Chandler was represented by defense attorney Rex Wisenbaker.

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