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Police: Neglected Brevard toddlers found so hungry they were eating grass, sticks

Police: Neglected Brevard toddlers found so hungry they were eating grass, sticks Hide Transcript Show Transcript SAID, BEFORE A HEARING WHEN SHE PLEADED NOT GUILTY, SHE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO DROP THEM OFF AT WHAT POLICE CALL A FILTHY HOME. A SHED DOOR SWUNG OPEN AT A HOME ON HOLIDAY PARK DRIVE IN PALM…
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Police: Neglected Brevard toddlers found so hungry they were eating grass, sticks


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SAID, BEFORE A HEARING WHEN SHE PLEADED NOT GUILTY, SHE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO DROP THEM OFF AT WHAT POLICE CALL A FILTHY HOME. A SHED DOOR SWUNG OPEN AT A HOME ON HOLIDAY PARK DRIVE IN PALM BAY, REVEALING SOME OF THE MESS POLICE FOUND INSIDE. A SIGN ON THE DOO SAID “BIOHAZARD,” A REPORT SAYS. GARBAGE, DIRTY CLOTHING, AND SOILED FOOD CRUMBS COVERED THE FLOORS. IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO WALK ON THE FLOOR AND NOT STEP ON SOMETHING OF FILTH. >> IF THE PICTURES OF THAT I SAW WERE ACCURATE, THE CONDITIONS OF THE HOUSEHOLD WERE DEPLORABLE. DAN: 25-YEAR-OLD COREY RICKARDS TOLD POLICE SHE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO DROP OFF TWO LITTLE GIRLS, YOUNG ENOUGH TO BE IN DIAPERS, AT THE HOME. POLICE WILL NOT SAY IF RICKARDS IS THEIR MOTHER. AFTER NEIGHBORS CALLED THREE TIMES THAT THE TODDLERS WERE RUNNING NAKED THROUGH THE STREETS, POLICE FOUND THEM DIRTY, COVERED WITH BUG BITES, AND UNFED. OFFICERS WITNESSED THE CHILDREN ATTEMPT TO EAT GRASS AND STICKS BECAUSE THEY WERE HUNGRY. THE HOME’S OWNER, 77-YEAR-OLD JOANNE HALL, THE CHILDREN’S GREAT-GRANDMOTHER, TOLD POLICE THE CHILDREN’S MOTHER HAD GONE FISHING AND THAT SHE OCCASIONALLY DROPPED OFF THE CHILDREN THERE. A POLICE REPORT SAYS HALL WOULD NOT SAY MUCH ELSE. RICKARDS TOLD POLICE THAT THE ELDERLY WOMAN IS CAPABLE OF TAKING CARE OF THE CHILDREN, BUT IS LAZY. >> IT’S VERY DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT’S HAPPENED EXACTLY. >> THIS IS A PRETTY QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD WE DON’T SEE THINGS LIKE THAT GO ON AROUND HERE. DAN: BOTH WOMEN FACE FELONY CHARGES. >> YOU ARE HERE ON TWO COUNTS OF NEGLECT OF A CHILD. DAN: THE LITTLE GIRLS ARE NOW IN STATE-SUPERVISED CARE. POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A THIRD WOMAN, RELATED TO THE TWO UNDER ARREST, THAT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN

Police: Neglected Brevard toddlers found so hungry they were eating grass, sticks

Two women have been charged with child neglect after a pair of toddlers were found barely clothed and wandering a Palm Bay street. Officials with the Palm Bay Police Department said the young girls were so hungry when they were found by officers this weekend that they were trying to eat grass and sticks. Corey Rickards, 25, told police she had no choice but to drop off two little girls, young enough to be in diapers, at the home. Police were called to the area after neighbors said the girls were running naked through the streets. When police arrived the toddlers were dirty, covered in bug bites and hadn’t been fed. “Officers witnessed the children attempt to eat grass and sticks because they were hungry,” an arrest report said. The homeowner, Joanne Hall, 77, told police the children’s mother had gone fishing, and that she occasionally dropped off the children there. A police report said Hall would not say much else. Rickards told police that Hall is capable of taking care of the children, but is lazy. Both Rickards and Hall face felony charges. Police said they are also looking for a third woman who is also responsible for the care of the children. The girls are now in state supervised care.

PALM BAY, Fla. —

Two women have been charged with child neglect after a pair of toddlers were found barely clothed and wandering a Palm Bay street.

Officials with the Palm Bay Police Department said the young girls were so hungry when they were found by officers this weekend that they were trying to eat grass and sticks.

Corey Rickards, 25, told police she had no choice but to drop off two little girls, young enough to be in diapers, at the home.

Police were called to the area after neighbors said the girls were running naked through the streets. When police arrived the toddlers were dirty, covered in bug bites and hadn’t been fed.

“Officers witnessed the children attempt to eat grass and sticks because they were hungry,” an arrest report said.

The homeowner, Joanne Hall, 77, told police the children’s mother had gone fishing, and that she occasionally dropped off the children there.

A police report said Hall would not say much else.

Rickards told police that Hall is capable of taking care of the children, but is lazy.

Both Rickards and Hall face felony charges.

Police said they are also looking for a third woman who is als

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