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Kissimmee mom arrested: Boy's bathless body order causes negligent mom's arrest

A closet?
A closet?
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The stench on a boy turned investigators on to a smelly situation – a Kissimmee, Florida mom was arrested after her malodorous boy’s stench caused teachers to alert authorities as to possible child endangerment. The 10-year-old’s stink now has his mom in the clink. She was arrested and detained on neglect charges.

Writes the Orlando Sentinel: "A Ventura Elementary School teacher noticed one of her students was coming in late every day unwashed, and had a strong smell coming from his clothes, said a spokeswoman for the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. The student told Osceola County Sheriff's deputies he took clothes out of a dirty hamper when he got dressed every morning, according to an affidavit."

The home of Betsy Beth Velasquez, 34, (mug shot seen here) was searched by deputies from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and child protection officials. Inside, they found deplorable conditions – five filthy and malnourished children, seven unkempt dogs, floors smeared with feces and piss, dirty clothes in piles, week-old leftovers on the counter, and piles of dog food that were so old that moss had started to form. One puppy, near death, was found languishing on a piece of cardboard.

Officers also found an upstairs bathtub that was clogged with filthy water, and evidence of mold and mildew throughout the home.

What was most shocking was Velasquez’s frank admission of the home’s conditions and of the neglect of her own children, ages 8 to 14. She readily admitted that she had stopped washing her children’s clothes, rarely fed them, and had not made an attempt to clean anything in her home for at least six months.

The arrest of this slipshod Kissimmee mom has some wondering just how a mother can allow her home, children and pets to become so grossly neglected.

A teacher at her son’s Ventura Elementary School noticed he was consistently tardy, always hungry and had begun to reek of body order. When the boy was questioned, he said he dressed out of the dirty clothes hamper, and couldn’t remember the last time he had bathed.

The children were taken out of the home by the Department of Children and Families and placed with family members. Animal Control officials also took away Velasquez’s seven dogs.

Details have not yet been released, but some are suggesting that this egregious state of neglect may be a result of a drug addiction or mental illness.

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