Florida suicidal teen calls abuse hotline over her hell-like living conditions, parents arrested for neglect
The 14-year-old girl told the cops that she looked after her four siblings who were aged between six and 12.
A Florida couple has been arrested and charged with neglect after their 14-year-old daughter called an abuse hotline as she was contemplating suicide over her living conditions.
As per a release from the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, the teenager had made the call on October 31 and had alleged that her mother was being physically and emotionally abusive. The teenager had also shared that she looked after her four siblings who were aged between six and 12.
She added that her parents — 42-year-old Betty Nicolicchia-Allen and 33-year-old Dennis Allen — were always working late hours. She further added that she was also taking care of three dogs, a rabbit, as well as two chickens while being home-schooled. She confessed to the helpline that she was not being taught at all.
According to the deputies who had arrived at the scene at the Bunnell home on Water Oak Road shared that they "immediately noticed that the home was in complete disarray." The grass outside the house was unkempt and trashed with gas cans, beer bottles, and rusted metal. The two chickens roam all over the property freely, and the front porch was covered in feces.
The inspection of the home showed just how 'deplorable' the conditions were and the teen confirmed that she had made the call. There was fecal matter in every room of the house along with animal urine, old food, roaches, and other creepy crawlies. The deputies revealed that there were parts of the house where they couldn't even see the ground and their feet stuck to the floor.
The house had no running water and there was a water hose that ran via a window into the bathroom's shower. As per the release, the waste found in the toilet had been there for days. The children also told deputies that it had been several days since they were cleaned or bathed. As reported by Daily Mail, Sheriff Rick Staly said, "This is a traumatic situation for all of the children involved".
"Halloween is a day where kids should be out having fun, not contemplating ending their life. I want to commend the girl for calling the Abuse Hotline and being brave enough to ask for help. These children were living in deplorable conditions. I am thankful that these kids are now safe from these two individuals who obviously do not know how to properly care for children."
The parents were arrested and charged with five counts of child neglect on Friday.