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Parents charged after naked toddler found wandering alone in Vero Beach

Parents charged after naked toddler found wandering alone in Vero Beach

Parents charged after naked toddler found wandering alone in Vero Beach

Vero Beach, Fl(treasurecoast.com)- The parents of a young girl found wandering naked in Vero Beach are facing charges of child neglect.

Here is the info from the Vero Police

On Wednesday July 28, 2022 at approximately 1:13pm, the Vero Beach Police Department responded to 2206 18th St. in regards to a three to four year old child that wandered into the homeowner’s yard. The child was reported to be unclothed and unattended by any parent or guardian.
Parents charged after naked toddler found wandering alone in Vero Beach
Parents charged after naked toddler found wandering alone in Vero Beach

When officers arrived on scene, they were able to make contact with the young child and the homeowner. Additional witnesses in the area were able to point out that the child was seen leaving the residence at 2156 18th St. approximately forty five minutes earlier by herself.

Officers quickly made contact with Michael and Chrystal Slosson at 2156 18th St. Michael and Chrystal Slosson identified themselves as the parents of the child. Also, inside the residence was a 9 year old child. Both parents explained to officers that the four year old child must have escaped through a bedroom window after they placed her down for a nap.

While speaking with Michael and Chrystal Slosson, officers and detectives on scene were able to smell strong odors of urine and feces coming from within the residence. Officers were able to observe trash covering the living areas, kitchen, and bedrooms and feces on the walls through the front entrance and the windows of the residence. It was clear to officers that the living conditions were deplorable and not suitable for children.

Officers notified Florida Department of Children and Families, who responded to the residence. DCF and detectives conducted a walk thru of the residence. It was noted that the walls and floors of
the entire residence were covered in the dirt, trash and fecal matter. The bedroom mattresses that the children slept on were soiled and there was fecal matter on the floors. The kitchen of the residence was covered in dirt and dirty dishes. The inside of the refrigerator was covered in mold and it appeared to have no edible food.

DCF investigators and detectives deemed the residence to be hazardous to anyone living there. The combined investigation revealed both Michael and Chrystal Slosson failed to provide each

of their two children with the proper care and supervision to maintain the children’s physical and mental health.

Michael and Chrystal Slosson were arrested by the Vero Beach Police Department at their residence and are facing two charges of Child Neglect each. Michael and Chrystal Slosson were booked into the Indian River County jail and are being held on $10,000.00 bond each.
DCF has taken custody of both the four year old and nine year old child.

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