PORT RICHEY – The caretaker of a 13-year-old boy has been charged with child neglect after deputies found the hungry boy locked out of his own home.
The boy was found last Monday in an apartment off Ridge Road, near several underage people drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, deputies wrote. During their investigation they learned the boy's caretaker, Michelle Six, 44, had been leaving the boy "to fend for himself," according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
His home, they wrote, was "unlivable." The boy had no food, water or clothing, and his home was infested with bugs, the report said. When contacted by deputies, Six said she had left the boy her food stamp card to get something to eat.
The boy later told deputies he had been locked out of his home and had spent the night at a friend's home. He told them he had eaten nothing in 24 hours.
Six was arrested Saturday and taken to the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. She was released Sunday.
Deputies did not disclose the boy's name or his relationship to Six.