CLEARWATER — Two young children were taken into protective custody early Sunday after police said they found the parents under the influence of narcotics and unable to care for children.
Police arrested the father, David Day, 27, after a paramedic reported an intoxicated man driving around with a 5-year-old girl unrestrained in the backseat of his car.
Police responded to Day's registered address, in the 1700 block of Drew Street, where they said they found him, the little girl, a woman who also appeared to be under the influence of narcotics and a 2-year-old boy.
Police said the woman seemed "unable to properly care for the child."
After noting the "deplorable conditions" of the home, officers contacted the Department of Children and Families, and the two children were taken into custody.
Day was charged with child neglect and endangerment.