Florida Parents Arrested for Child Neglect

Florida Parents Arrested for Child Neglect

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Erika Charmaine James and Marquis Le’trell Lee Erika Charmaine James and Marquis Le’trell Lee

 
An Okaloosa county couple has been arrested after authorities found children living in hazardous conditions within their residence.

Fort Walton Beach Police officers responded to the call of a lost 4-year-old at the Piggly Wiggly Store on Mary Esther Boulevard in Mary Esther. The child, wearing only a pair of shorts, was taken into protective custody with no sign of the parents.

After receiving a call from the mother, the Department of Children and Families sent investigators to the woman's residence in Mary Esther for a check of the living conditions. Investigators say they found four more children living in unsafe and hazardous conditions.

According to DCF investigators, the residence was found with a lack of edible and healthy food, fecal matter on the toilets and floors with swarming flies, a large rubber tub containing a large volume of unknown liquid in the children's bathroom, urine stains and fecal matter on the children's mattresses, and notable unsanitary living conditions within every room of the residence.

Interviews with the parents confirmed proper care of the children was not being provided within the residence, according to police.

Erika Charmaine James and Marquis Le’trell Lee were arrested on the charge of child neglect. 

All five children remain in protective custody with the Department of Children and Families.



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