A woman from Florida was arrested on child neglect charges on Thursday after police discovered that the home she shared with her two daughters was covered in filth, feces and insects. Even more disturbing, three dead dogs were found in 35-year-old Victoria Kanger’s freezer, according to the Associated Press.
Volusia County sheriff's deputies said that their lower pant legs became coated with fleas upon entering Kanger’s home. Inside the home, the discovered trash, cockroaches and an overwhelming stench of urine and feces. The woman’s 5-year-old daughter reportedly showed the police where her mother stored the three dead dogs, wrapped in plastic and cardboard, according to an affidavit obtained by WKMG. Kanger told police she only froze the animals because she hadn’t yet bought a shovel to bury them with.
Now, the 5-year-old and her 14-year-old sister are in custody of the Department of Children and Families, the Miami Herald reports.
Police were tipped off about the disturbing conditions in Kanger’s house by a woman who is dating the 5-year-old’s father.
"It is disgusting, non-livable for a 5-year-old. I mean, there's poop all over the floor, there's piles of clothes, there's roaches. She's had lice for the past eight months," that caller told police in a 911 phone call. That caller also said, “there are three dead puppies in the freezer.”
In addition to the three dead dogs, there were also two alive ones living in the home. And, there were "numerous" cats. Police reported seeing insects swarming around animal feces located around the house, according to CBS News. Police even watched Kanger and her younger daughter swatting away bugs during their visit to the home. Even more disturbing, the 5-year-old stepped in “roach-covered animal feces” in front of the cops, the report said.
"In the kitchen, there were piles of soiled dishes and trash. The kitchen had a large number of cockroaches crawling on the floor, counter tops, sink, stove and walls," the police report stated.
It is currently unclear if Kanger has an attorney who can speak on her behalf. Her friend, who has remained anonymous, defended Kanger and blamed the conditions of the home on Kanger being sick with the flu.
"Anybody's who has been sick, knows you can't get up," the friend told News 6. "It's very tragic, it's unnecessary and it's uncalled for. She needs help. I'm here. Her family is here.”
Kanger is being held on $2,500 bond.
[Photo: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office]