Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Betty Rae Perkins for Child Neglect Without Great Bodily Harm
Sheriff Ken J. Mascara announced today that Betty Rae Perkins, 49, was arrested on Saturday as a result of a Department of Children and Families (DCF) investigation. According to the Sheriff, Perkins was charged with child neglect without great bodily harm.
Sheriff’s deputies were notified by DCF that complaints had been received regarding the living conditions of a home owned by Perkins and occupied by a child, Sheriff Mascara said.
According to the Sheriff, upon entering the home, deputies noticed a strong odor permeating the entire home and saw roaches and ants crawling on the floors and counter tops, including the cooking surfaces of the kitchen.
“It appears as though this is a typical hoarder situation,” said Sheriff Ken Mascara. “Unfortunately, a child’s welfare was in jeopardy as a result of this lifestyle and actions were necessary to ensure the child was adequately provided for and safe.”
Sheriff Mascara said the child was living on an air mattress in the living room and was surrounded by clothing, car parts and other unidentifiable debris.
Perkins was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail on $3,750 bond. The child was placed in the care of a family friend.
ABOUT THE SHERIFF:
The Florida Constitution establishes the Office of the elected County Sheriff who is responsible for preserving the peace, carrying out the orders of Florida courts and the Board of County Commissioners, and providing deputies at court sessions and meetings of the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheriff is the chief correctional officer of the county. Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is elected by the people of St. Lucie County and is accountable to them.