A Collier County man, Nicholas Salvani, 38, was arrested on child neglect charges with great bodily harm on Wednesday after he was found passed out next to his unconscious 3-year-old daughter on his kitchen floor, surrounded by feces and urine, according to Wink News.
On Tuesday, October 25, babysitter Stephanie Tomkins, 27, rushed over to Salvani’s home after she was unable to contact him throughout the day, adding that she sensed something was wrong after having a conversation with him earlier that day.
When no one answered the door, Tomkins stated that she “broke through the back door” and made a shocking discovery.
While the babysitter called 911, Salvani regained consciousness.
When emergency responders arrived at the scene, they transported the child to a local hospital, where she was listed in stable condition.
It was not immediately made clear if the father was taken to a hospital, but it was reported that he was arrested following the incident.
Investigators say that after arriving at the scene, they noticed the home was in deplorable conditions with the power out, and “feces and urine littered the floor and drug paraphernalia was spotted on the kitchen table.”
A dog was also found at the home, according to the NBC-2 News, and it was in bad shape as well, lying ill in a pool of urine.
This is not Salvani’s first time being arrested; he has a previous drug and DUI charge.
“He has had his little girl since she was born. He is outstanding. He brings her out and plays with her, takes her to the park,” a neighbor, who is only being identified as Sharon, said.
The neighbor went on to say that Salvani may have been depressed because he was recently laid off from his job.
After learning the Collier County man was arrested on child neglect charges, it sparked social media outrage where several individuals called the incident “shocking” and “disgusting.”
“This is what’s wrong with the Department of Children and Families. Why did he have this child? Even said not the first time for drug and alcohol changes. So DCF just keeps giving people like his more and more changes to mess these poor babies up, who didn’t ask to be here. I have lost all faith in our system. Seen it over and over, there has to be a better way,” Shonaugh Gillard wrote in a Facebook post.
“This seriously hurts me to see this. It makes me want to cry for the baby and the animal. The father needs to be locked up and never given the chance to get his child back. I don’t understand why drug addicts get their kids back, who supposedly change they change only for a little bit, then go back to it,” another social media user, Terry Kemp, wrote.
“Poor baby, I hope the baby will be okay and get through this. DCF need to do better and DCF needs to stop playing games. I am going through DCF but for the wrong things. For people like this, they need DCF in their life.”
“Praying to god that he never has any more kids or get this baby back and gets in trouble for animal abuse and neglect, also and never can own an animal,” Kemp added.
The child is now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families, while Salvani is being held at the Naples County jail on $100,000 bond.
[Featured Image By Nick Salvani/Facebook]