Mother accused of leaving children home alone denied custody
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A South Florida mother arrested and charged with child neglect after her youngest child was found home alone with only a 5-year-old appeared in juvenile court, Friday morning, for a dependency hearing.
The judge decided 24-year-old Naquisha Thomas' three children should stay with their great grandmother for the foreseeable future.
Earlier this week, Thomas' 1-year-old daughter and another 5-year-old girl were found home alone by a Department of Children and Families employee.
According to DCF workers investigating the case, the house where the children were found was in deplorable conditions. They also described foul orders coming from the house at 1810 NW 46th St.
When the DCF worker walked into the home, she discovered what she called nasty filth. She also said the children were as filthy as their surroundings. "The home is found in deplorable conditions and with very little food," said the DCF worker in court Friday. "There was a foul odor being emitted from the refrigerator. There was no food in the refrigerator. There was mold."
Thomas' two older children, 5 and 6-year-old boys, were in school at the time their little sister was found by the DCF worker. All three of them will remain in the care of their great grandmother.
When leaving court Friday morning, Thomas said she was satisfied with the end result. "Yes, they helped."
Her husband who was walking by her side said, "We just want everyone to pray for us. Just keep on praying, and the situation will be all right," said Anthony Taylor.
Thomas faces charges of child neglect.
Another hearing for permanent custody is scheduled for next year.
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