Port Richey couple charged with child neglect for filthy home

PORT RICHEY — Pasco County Sheriff's reports describe the apartment as filthy, infested and uninhabitable. Food was covered with mold and crawling with roaches. More roaches covered the counters, oven and refrigerator. The floors were smeared with dog and cat feces and urine. There were buckets of dirty water and more urine. All of it where a 3-year-old ate and played.

Deputies on Wednesday arrested Mark Galen Cox, 31, and Miranda Meshelle Blakley, 33, the toddler's mother, after seeing the apartment at 6551 Deeb St.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow said Blakley told deputies she did not think the house was dirty enough to have the child removed. The child was placed with a relative.

Blakley and Cox were charged with child neglect. Both remained in Land O'Lakes jail Thursday, Blakley in lieu of $20,000 bail and Cox in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Port Richey couple charged with child neglect for filthy home 01/10/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 10, 2013 8:24pm]

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