A couple in Florida was arrested during a traffic stop after the police reportedly found them living in a filthy vehicle with a toddler, and the child was allegedly covered with roaches.
At approximately 11:30 PM last Tuesday night, officers with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department saw a Chevrolet on the road that was reportedly being driven erratically.
When they approached the vehicle, the deputies reported that three adults and a toddler were inside. They also noted that the car was littered with empty food containers and other garbage.
It was reported that the youngster was found with roaches all over them, and they were wearing a dirty diaper.
The driver and the female in the vehicle reportedly told the officers that they were caring for the toddler.
The other man in the car confirmed that they were all living in the vehicle, and reportedly informed the police that they were in the area collecting insects and reptiles.
According to reports, when the deputies searched the vehicle, they found boxes of insects and reptiles in the truck. They also reportedly found marijuana, synthetic marijuana, paraphernalia, and a Glock handgun in the car.
The man and woman who reportedly said they care for the child were placed under arrest and booked into the Monroe County Jail.
The male suspect is facing preliminary charges of child abuse without great bodily harm, possession of marijuana, possession of synthetic marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was held in lieu of a $25,000 bond.
The woman is expected to face charges of possession of a concealed firearm without a permit, child abuse without great bodily harm, possession of marijuana, possession of synthetic marijuana, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. She is no longer listed on the inmate roster.
The driver of the vehicle was not taken into custody.
Florida Department of Children and Families took the youngster into their care.
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