Kids found hungry, in filth, deputies say
Child protective investigators responding to a tip of possible child neglect found four children, dirty and hungry, living in a home littered with decaying food and feces, deputies said.
Two adult caretakers of the children were arrested: Nathaniel Simmons, 27, and Alisha Simmons, 23. Their relationship to the children was not disclosed, nor were the children's ages released.
Deputies had a difficult time waking Nathaniel and Alisha Simmons, who were sleeping when investigators got inside their Dade City home just after 4 p.m. Friday, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. The home was in a deplorable state, deputies said. The floor and counters were "covered in rotting food and fecal matter," the report says. "Cockroaches and flying insects were found throughout" the home. Three children were in dirty clothes and the fourth, a baby, "was in a heavily soiled diaper," deputies said. "All complained of being hungry."
Both adults were arrested and charged with four counts of child neglect. Nathaniel Simmons was also charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. He remained Tuesday at the Pasco jail in lieu of $4,020 bail. Alisha Simmons was released Saturday on $4,000 bail.