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Two charged with child neglect after New Port Richey home is found in deplorable condition

NEW PORT RICHEY — Before dawn Monday, in a dark parking lot, a Pasco deputy found two little girls, 5 and 6, playing.

They told the deputy they were looking for a necklace they dropped, according to a sheriff's report. Home, they said, was several blocks and a busy street away. The deputy took them to 6627 Candice Lane, where a broken sewage pipe under the home putrefied the air.

Patricia Farrell, 31, a caretaker of the girls, answered the door holding a 6-month-old. The deputy, noticing mucous in the baby's eyes and roach feces on her clothing asked to come in.

Clothes and trash covered the floor, according to the report. A sink and tub were piled with dishes and rotting food. More food rotted in the refrigerator. Buckets had been used as toilets.

"The smell was overwhelming," the deputy wrote.

Exposed wires stuck out from light switches. A backyard play area was full of chemicals and sharp objects.

On Wednesday, the deputy arrested Farrell and Sheldon Lane Jarmin, 31, who also cared for the children, on three counts of child neglect. Their relationship to the children was redacted from reports.

Both remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Thursday in lieu of $15,000 bail each.

Two charged with child neglect after New Port Richey home is found in deplorable condition 01/16/14 [Last modified: Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:33pm]
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