Deputies: Child Lived In Home With Dogs And Cats Feeding On Rats

COCOA, Florida – A 25-year-old woman was arrested and charged with child neglect after Brevard County Sheriff’s  deputies discovered that she lived with a child in a home where dogs and cats were feeding on rats running around a home in Cocoa, Florida.

On Monday, August 19, 2019, Brevard County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a concerned neighbor who said that the child entered the neighbor’s home wearing only shorts with red marks on his body and told the neighbor that he was unable to wake up Toni Samantha Wilson.

The child told deputies that he was left unattended for approximately two hours because Wilson was either “knocked out or dead.”

A witness told deputies that Wilson use methamphetamine on a regular basis and may have been under the influence of the narcotic.

When deputies made contact with Wilson,  she just stared at them and was very lethargic and would not speak.

Deputies called Brevard County Fire Rescue to determine if Wilson was suffering from a medical condition. BCFR determined that she was not suffering from a medical condition.

“The condition of the home was inhabitable with a large amount of dog feces,” the arrest affidavit noted. “In the kitchen there was no food in the fridge besides condiment bottles. The ceiling had active leaking holes with exposed insulation. The animals in the home were eating rodents that were running around inside of the residence.”

Deputies called animal control who took custody of a dog and two cats.

The Department of Children and Families arrived on scene and interview as well as a medical evaluation of the child was conducted.