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A Florida mother allegedly abandoned seven of her children for more than a month so she could stay with her husband, who'd received a restraining order for allegedly attacking two of her kids.
Elidiesneins Perez, 35, was arrested in August on seven counts of child neglect after one of her children called police to report that they hadn’t been enrolled in school, NBC 6 South Florida reports. When authorities arrived at the child’s home, they allegedly found seven children, ages 4 to 17, left with no adult supervision and minimal food.
The children allegedly hadn’t seen their mother in more than a month, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by local outlet WSVN 7. They claimed she’d left them in mid-July to live with her husband after he received a restraining order for allegedly abusing two of the teenage children.
One of the children, a 15-year-old with cerebral palsy, told police he was supposed to get surgery and should have been receiving physical therapy, NBC 6 reports. The children told authorities that none of them had seen a doctor or a dentist in five years.
Officers allegedly found almost no food in the house – there was nothing but some rice and a packet of chicken in the fridge – and the children said they’d sometimes had to eat rice for breakfast, NBC 6 reports.
The children allegedly had no clean clothes and said they hadn’t been to a laundromat in two months, local station FOX 13 reports. They allegedly told officers they’d rather stay with foster parents than their mother, according to the outlet.
The children have been taken into state custody, WSVN reports.
Perez was taking care of her newborn baby while she stayed with her husband, according to WSVN. The husband told NBC 6 that the accusations against Perez weren't true.
It’s unclear whether Perez has an attorney who can comment on her behalf.
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