It's another one of those break-your-heart stories of child neglect. Orlando, Florida, mom Yolander Lasane was arrested Tuesday when child-protection workers contacted the police after removing five children from a filth-ridden home filled with ankle-deep trash, feces, bugs, and urine-soaked mattresses. She faces at least five counts of child neglect.
The conditions were so bad that one of the kids asked if he could go to a foster home and have a new family. The boy had broken and rotting teeth and claimed to be unable to chew without pain.
Authorities say all of the children (ages 5, 9, 12, 15, and 17) were "unkempt" and obviously unbathed. They appeared to be parenting themselves, resorting to eating cold food out of cans. Officers who were at the scene wrote in a report, "The severe medical and overall neglect was horrendous ... it was evident that no part of this residence had been properly cleaned or maintained in years."
CPS was trying to help the family but had to contact the police due to the "biohazard conditions of the home."
According to the report, investigators found animal feces all over the floor, doors, and walls, black mold, rotting food, filth and garbage in the kitchen, and an insect-filled bathroom complete with a broken toilet, sink, and tub.
Not that anyone would be looking to break in, but the front doorknob was hanging down and unable to be locked.
Does it need to be mentioned that the animals that lived there also appeared to be abused and neglected? They were removed by animal control.
Lasane claimed that her obesity made it difficult for her to leave her bedroom to care for the children, but she was able to walk to the patrol car. The police say they found a working air conditioner and television set in her room.
My heart breaks for those poor kids! It's devastating enough when people choose to live like that, but to keep kids in that environment is unconscionable.
Would you intervene if you saw kids living like this?
Image via Orlando Police Department