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Central Florida mother arrested for child neglect: dirty children sent to school

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Betsy Beth Velasquez (34), from Kissimmee, Florida, was arrested for child neglect when officials found five dirty children living in a filthy home along with seven dogs. According to a news article in the Orlando Sentinel on August 29, 2014, the one 10-year-old boy went to school smelling with dirty clothes. The teacher at Ventura Elementary noticed this child coming to school late daily smelling and dirty. When the Osceola County Sherriff department questioned the child, he told the officers that he didn’t remember when he last took a bath and was hunting for clothes to wear from a dirty hamper.

Deputies later went to the child’s home where they found his siblings ranging in ages from 8 to 14, along with seven dogs. There was dog urine and feces inside the home, food and soda cans littering the floor, and the bathtub contained dirty water.

Velasquez was arrested for child neglect without great bodily harm. Back in 2009, she was also fined for leaving a child unattended inside a vehicle. At the moment, The Department of Children and Families (DCF) have put all the children in the custody of reliable relatives. The dogs were sent to the Osceola County Animal Shelter.

Kristi Gray of DCF said, “If you have a concern at all, report it and let us work out whether it’s valid or not.” This is only one of the cases of child neglect in the Central Florida area in the past few months. If you have a concern about child abuse or neglect, you can contact DCF at 1-800-962-2873.

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