An arrest has been made stemming from a child neglect investigation launched in September after children were found in a home filled with mold, trash bags and flies, cops say.
Officers and deputies with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office visited an apartment in Melbourne, Florida, on Sept. 24 to assist in an investigation where police said “a strong smell of urine” coming from the residence, Click Orlando reported.
Police say there were bags of trash that “appeared to be collected over the last few weeks,” flies “all over the apartment” and dishes in the sink with old food, according to Click Orlando.
Authorities also observed mold in the residence, Click Orlando reported.
Officers spoke with Day and Patricia Childress, 25, who was arrested last month on a felony warrant stemming from the incident, according to Click Orlando.
Childress faces additional charges after deputies said they found a child locked in a hotel closet wearing a filthy diaper, Click Orlando reported.
When deputies served the arrest warrant to Childress, Day was not present, according to Click Orlando.
Police said it was difficult to speak to the two while in the apartment because “flies were getting in the officers’ mouths,” Click Orlando reported.
Childress allegedly told officers she cleans the home every other day and flies appeared three weeks prior, according to Click Orlando.
She allegedly told police the urine smell was caused by the children who have been urinating in the closet but later said the children were potty trained, Click Orlando reported.
The children were removed from the apartment by the Department of Children and Families until authorities could verify the residence was clean, according to Click Orlando.