Two Floridians were arrested after young children were found covered in feces and living in “deplorable conditions,” according to authorities.
Early Thursday morning, deputies went to a home in Homosassa, north of Tampa, after a neighbor called in a well-being check on two children, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.
When deputies arrived, a 4-year-old girl answered the door and told them that no adults were home, but a 2-year-old was sleeping on a mattress in the living room.
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Deputies walked through the home and said that both human and dog feces covered every inch of the floors. There were also cockroaches and insects everywhere.
A short time later, Robert Burdette, 25, and Casey Rocco, 24, both of Homosassa, were dropped off at the home. They were arrested and now face child neglect charges; law enforcement officials did not indicate their relationship to the children.
The Department of Children and Families removed the children and placed them in the care of family members, according to deputies.
“This is one of the worst cases of child neglect our detectives have ever seen,” Sgt. John Bergen of Major Crimes said. “From patrol to forensics, everyone that was involved in this case came together for the good of these children.”