Ebony Jackson and Joshua RendonIt doesn't come as a huge surprise that former 16 and Pregnant stars Josh Rendon and Ebony Jackson-Rendon aren't doing the best job ever raising their 2-year-old daughter Jocelyn. But the reality is so much worse than we ever imagined it would be. As a mom, it literally gives me the chills to imagine what that poor girl has been through.
On Tuesday night, the Division of Children and Family Services of Arkansas removed Jocelyn from her home after receiving complaints about the living conditions of the house (located on the Little Rock Air Force Base). Josh and Ebony were also arrested.
When you hear more about those "living conditions," you'll understand why.
According to the police report, which reads like the plot synopsis of a horror movie, "every room in the residence had human and dog feces on the floors, walls, and clothing. The house was full of flies and, in some areas, maggots." Evidence of synthetic marijuana was also discovered.
The home wasn't merely too filthy for human beings; animal control was called to rescue three dogs who'd been living with the family.
I can barely bring myself to picture this nightmare. Feces on every surface?? Swarms of flies and maggots? A house doesn't get like that overnight. Hell, a house doesn't get like that even if it hasn't been cleaned in weeks. What were Josh and Ebony doing on a daily basis that caused the level of decay and infestation in their home to reach such staggering proportions?
And, more to the point, what was Jocelyn doing in the meantime?
I just keep picturing her wandering around in a dirty diaper and nothing else, flies occasionally landing on her head, a glazed-over look in her eyes. How often was she fed? Was she sick?
Josh and Ebony were charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug premise, unauthorized use of another's property to facilitate a crime, and possession of a controlled substance.
Josh's comment to reporters: "It was fair for them to charge us." But apparently the couple is already working to get the child back.
I'm all for second chances, and Josh and Ebony are very young. Still, I don't know what it would take to make me feel comfortable granting them custody of their child again.
Do you think Josh and Ebony deserve another chance with Jocelyn?
Image via Jacksonville Police Department