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Johnson County deputy says investigation into King's Cleft began with runaway teen

A two-month-long investigation resulted in the arrest of David Fahey, 62, the head minister at King's Cleft.

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ga. — King's Cleft in Wrightsville is supposed to be a permanent home for disabled children and adults. 

According to a 2013 interview with Georgia Magazine, they had 16 children living there from Ukraine, Africa, India and other countries.

However, the head minister, David Fahey, is being charged with false imprisonment and child cruelty.

Chief Deputy Sammy Young said this investigation got started because of a a 14-year-old who lived there.

"We had a juvenile that had ran away from this facility, and it was more than one time that he had ran away from this facility," Young said.

Young said the juvenile would run away from the home multiple times. It wasn't until he committed burglary that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) got involved.

Logan Fahey, David Fahey's son, told 13WMAZ that the teen  had an intellectual disability and was violent towards his father and mother, Kathy Fahey.

Just before the children were removed on March 1, Logan said they housed four children and five adults. 

"Stuff came to light that there may be something inappropriate going on there," Young said.

Now, there are four adults and all the children are with the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).

The GBI said David and wife Kathy were under investigation since January for alleged mistreatment.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Kathy Fahey died February 1, from an accidental overdose. She had high levels of acetaminophen in her system. Fahey said the stress of the investigation "likely contributed."

Young said Fahey is being charged right now with felony false imprisonment, felony cruelty to children in the first degree and second degree.

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