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Wandering tots lead to Hudson man's arrest for child neglect

HUDSON — At 3 a.m. Thursday, a sheriff's deputy found three young children playing in a motel parking lot dangerously close to U.S. 19. The kids — ages 1, 2 and 4 — were "extremely dirty" and covered in pen markings, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. The toddlers' diapers were "full of feces and almost sagging to the ground," the report states.

The children's caretaker, Jeremiah L. Grant, 27, was found passed out from prescription narcotics in his room at the Suncoast Motel, 14920 U.S. 19, the report said. The hotel is listed as Grant's home address. His relationship to the children was not disclosed by authorities.

Grant was arrested and charged with child neglect, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. He remained Friday in the Pasco jail in lieu of $7,150 bail.

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