This harrowing footage released by US cops shows little children in tears with their faces pressed against the window as police turn up at a rubbish-strewn and cockroach-infested house to investigate a report of child neglect.
The shocking story was reported by Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) would said they had received calls from neighbors reporting that they heard children screaming from inside a residence located on 1745 County Road 75 in Bunnell.
When the debit is arrived they were confronted by house surrounded by rubbish with the children pressed up against the glass window crying.
They immediately heard a child yelling “Mommy! Mommy!” And then ascertained that there were three children in the house aged 2, 1, and 7 days old.
They also reported loud banging noises coming from inside the home that were later determined to be from a child banging his juice cup against the wall asking for something to drink.
As deputies approached the residence, they observed large piles of trash near the front door as well as a foul smell emitting from inside the residence.
In a statement obtained by newsflash they said that they made contact with the mother of the children, Christina Coe (DOB: 11/22/1994), as well as the father, Gilbert Bridewell (DOB: 2/3/1994).
Inside the house, they found more rubbish scattered across the floors and with the contents of the bedrooms in disarray.
Even worse, numerous cockroaches were observed walking along the floor, walls, inside the refrigerator, crawling in the beds, and also walking near a child’s dummy.
Deputies also noticed feces on the walls and in the children’s beds.
When questioned about the condition of the home, Coe stated that she was “trying her best.”
When asked when the last time the children had received a bath, Coe stated the children were bathed at a neighbor’s home earlier that day. However, all of the children were wearing dirty clothing, had dirt
covering their legs and feet, and their diapers had not been changed.
When asked if the children ever received baths inside of the home, Coe stated that she had a plastic bath tub for the children that was used regularly inside the master bedroom.
Deputies located the tub still in its original packaging, covered and dust, and it did not appear to have been used.
Based on the circumstanced, the FCSO contacted the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and a case worker arrived to assess the situation.
Under the recommendation of DCF, all three children were removed from the home and placed into the custody of a family member.
Commenting on the matter, Sheriff Rick Staly said: “I am so glad that we were able to get these kids out of this house before someone was injured or became seriously ill as a result of the conditions inside the home.
“Between the trash, bugs, and the human excrement found inside the home, this situation could have had a tragic ending. Hopefully, DCF and other agencies will help these parents and children get the help they need.
“It is unfortunate these conditions and the parent’s lack of actions deteriorated to a criminal case.”
Christina Coe and Gilbert Bridewell were arrested and transported to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility.
They are both charged with three counts of Felony Child Neglect without Great Bodily Harm.