Children Found Living in "Deplorable" Conditions
Four young children were found by police investigators living in a filthy home, with no food and no supervision.
The home is located in Ocala Park Estates.
Investigators describe the living conditions as "deplorable."
"There was a hole in the roof, no food, everything was dirty, no clean clothes," said Capt. James Pogue.
On Saturday, an investigator with the Department of Children and Families visited the home regarding a neglect complaint.
Deputies said the investigator saw a five year old boy in the front yard by himself.
"The children have been outside numerous times unsupervised," said an Ocala Park Estates resident who does not want to be identified.
She said she's actually seen the children almost get hit by cars.
"The one child was always in nothing but a diaper and bare foot. The kids were always outside just running around like crazy extremely close to the road and it just makes you really concern," said the resident.
The DCF investigator called the Marion County Sheriff's Office because no one answered the door.
When the deputy entered the home located on northwest 65th avenue, he saw garbage everywhere, part of the ceiling was caved in and there were numerous piles of animal feces.
"Smells of urine, feces throughout the residents. Just not a home that was not fit to raise children," said Capt. Pogue.
Twenty-six- year- old Michael Jordan, who is the children's uncle, was at the home at the time.
He told deputies his sister 29- year -old Jessica Jordan went to visit their mother at the Lowell Correctional Institute and that he had no idea she left behind some of the kids.
The deputy continued to search the home and found a one year old baby girl wearing a soaked diaper.
The five- year- old boy told the DCF investigator "he was hungry" and hadn't eaten for nearly 18 hours.
"It's sad. I feel really bad for those children and to have them go hungry like that it just breaks my heart," said a resident.
Deputies arrested Jessica at the Lowell Correctional Institute on Saturday.
She and her brother Michael are both charged with four counts of child neglect with no bodily harm.
The children were taken into protective custody by the DCF investigator.
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