Two girls, ages 4 and 2, were found alone in a home where nearly every inch of floor space was covered in human and dog feces. What’s more, cockroaches swarmed the building, rotting food was everywhere, and toilets, filled with urine and feces, were overflowing.
As the Miami Herald reports, police in Homosassa were called to do a welfare check on a home after concerned neighbors reported conditions in the home. What police found there was worse than anything they imagined.
A 4-year-old girl answered the door and told police there were no adults around. It appeared that the girl and her younger sister had been sleeping on a mattress thrown on to the middle of a the floor. The girls were themselves filthy, covered in dirt and feces, with tangled hair. Sheriff’s deputies speculated that the girls had not bathed in days if not weeks.
Human and dog feces covered “nearly every inch” of the floor. What’s more, child-sized hand and footprints could be seen in the feces, suggesting that the girls had crawled or walked through it.
Elsewhere, the rotting food filled the home. Toilets were overflowing.
Sgt. John Bergen said in a news release that what he saw that day was unprecedented in his career in law enforcement.
“This is one of the worst cases of child neglect our detectives have ever seen.”
The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, on its Facebook page, posted photos of the disgusting scene. The Inquisitr will not show you the worst of them, due to our image standards. However, even the least-disgusting photos may be disturbing to some viewers.
While authorities were on the scene investigating, two adults arrived in a taxi. Robert Burdette, 25, and Casey Rocco, 24, were both arrested and charged with two counts of child neglect. Rocco was also charged with one count of domestic battery stemming from a previous, unrelated crime.
The children, meanwhile, were placed in the care of a relative. The Florida Department of Children and Families helped the relative implement a “safety plan” moving forward.
Sgt. Bergen, meanwhile, thanked the concerned neighbors who called the police, as well as everyone else involved in getting the young girls to safety.
“From patrol to forensics, everyone that was involved in this case came together for the good of these children.”
According to Help Guide, signs of child neglect include poor hygiene, dirty or ill-fitting clothes (or clothes inappropriate for the weather), or being left unattended for long periods of time. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, you are encouraged to call your local police or the national hotline: 1-800-422-4453.
[Featured Image by Citrus County Sheriff’s Office]