Signs of Neglect
Authorities are sometimes forced to remove children from their homes. This is also part of family law. The reason authorities do this is because they feel a home is unsafe or dangerous for the children to reside there. When this happens, the guardians of the child can be charged with child neglect.
A recent such case was uncovered in Palm Beach County when sheriff’s deputies were called to the home of Travis and Robin Royall late in May.
Upon arriving, the deputies discovered what they called a “house of horrors.” Upon arrival, deputies discovered piles of trash stacked against the walls of the broken-down home. Police stated that there was a strong, disgusting odor that was detectable from outside the home. Inside, deputies found the floor covered in cobwebs and spiders. Also, the toilets did not look like they had been flushed in weeks.
The house also had no air conditioning. Temperatures in the house at the time of the inspection were 87 degrees.
One deputy reported:
“When I opened the fridge, you could barely see the bottom of the drawers and shelves due to the amount of dead cockroaches, bugs and cockroach eggs,” the deputy continued “When I opened the oven, about 100 cockroaches fell down and began scattering. The oven was full of discarded food and appeared to not have been cleaned for years.”
The couple was arrested for child neglect and have been forced to clean the home. Family members gathered to help.
In a similar case from 2014 in Orlando, a woman was arrested on charges of child neglect after police said they found five children living in a rancid home. The home was filled with urine-soaked mattresses, feces-splattered walls, bug infested doors, and trash-infested rooms.
Yolander Lasane, 45, the children’s mother, was arrested. The children, aged 5, 9, 12, 15, and 17, had obviously not bathed recently and were existing on food comprised mostly of cold canned items. The only working item in the kitchen was an electric can-opener. The toilet, sink, and shower were inoperable and there was limited access to running water inside the home.
Lasane blamed the lack of supervision and cleaning on her weight and bad knees, which keeps her bedridden. She stated that the children “come and go” as they please.
Yet another case involving filthy homes and child neglect happened in Daytona Beach. Brandy Azad, a mother of five, was arrested after police determined her home to be “unlivable.”
On May 20, 2016, police arrived to find Azad’s residence “filthy” and her children left unattended. The home was infested with roaches and three of the children under 5 years old were found wandering the neighborhood.
Inside the home, officers witnessed roaches crawling on a sleeping child.
Azad told officers that the father of the children was supposed to be supervising them because she was sick. Azad also admitted that two of the children were autistic and one child had Down’s Syndrome.
All parents in the stories were arrested on charges of child neglect.
If you are divorced with children and you discover that your spouse is neglecting the children, it may be possible to get your divorce terms changed. The home can’t simply be messy, though. It has to be dangerously dirty like the examples you just read about. Parents who shirk their responsibilities toward their children must be made to account for what they’ve done.
Do you believe your ex is criminally neglecting your children? Speak with Gustavo E. Frances for a free consultation.