Friday, January 19, 2018
Public safety

Deputies: Child lived in Dade City home strewn with feces, insects

DADE CITY — A report of a domestic disturbance on Tuesday afternoon led Pasco deputies to a mobile home at 38101 Willingham Drive, where a man, a woman, three dogs, a cat and a 4-year-old child lived.

According to reports, this is what deputies found inside: A broken out kitchen window where a chair had been tossed through earlier that day. Broken glass on the floor. Dog and cat feces in the 4-year-old's bedroom, scattered on the kitchen floor, the living room floor, the bathroom floor. Feces inside the bathtub and resting on the tub's ledge. With the excrement were flies. Ants marched on piles of dirty dishes in the sink.

The two adults — Jennifer L. Payne, 23, and Douglas A. Johnson, 24 — were arrested on a charge of child neglect.

Payne "usually checks the house for feces every day or two, but hasn't in the last few days because she was tired and not wanting to do anything," she told the Sheriff's Office. She knew the house was filthy, "but she hasn't felt like doing anything about it lately," a report states.

Johnson also recognized the hazardous conditions but felt like Payne doesn't "clean enough and he was wanting to see if she would clean up the house," the report says.

The child was taken into protective custody.

Payne and Johnson remained Wednesday at the Pasco jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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