Police in Homosassa, Florida found two young girls covered in feces, alone in a filthy home Thursday morning. A neighbor had called in a welfare check on the two girls, ages 2 and 4, according to a press release by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.
Police arrived to find a “carabineer type clip” that was keeping the front door of the home closed. After police knocked, the 4-year-old opened the door. No adults were present, just the 2-year-old sleeping on a mattress in the living room.
“When detectives from our Criminal Investigations Division arrived on scene and walked inside the home, they were shocked,” police wrote in their press release. "The home was deplorable. There was what appeared to be both human and dog feces covering every inch of the floors, cockroaches and other insects everywhere. There was also rotting food and toilets nearly overflowing with more urine and feces. Both young girls were filthy, not just with dirt, but with feces all over them. Their hair was tangled and it appeared as though the girls had not showered in days, if not weeks. There were child sized hand and footprints in the feces on the floor throughout the house.”
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Not long after the police discovered the horrid conditions of the home, Robert Burdette, 25, and Casey Rocco, 24, were dropped off in front of the home by a taxi. Police asked them why the two girls were locked in their home, unsupervised. Burdette and Rocco were subsequently arrested. Burdette has been charged with two counts of child neglect and Rocco has been charged with two counts of child neglect and one count of domestic battery from a previous incident.
“This is one of the worst cases of child neglect our detectives have ever seen,” Sgt. John Bergen of Major Crimes stated. “From patrol to forensics, everyone that was involved in this case came together for the good of these children.”
The Florida Department of Children and Families has placed the children with a family member, according to the Miami Herald.
[Photo: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office]