CASSELBERRY, Fla. — Four Seminole County children found living in deplorable conditions had to hold their bladders and walk to a convenience store to use the bathroom, because their toilet at home was filled with feces, police say.
The children’s mother was arrested and charged with child neglect. Police say the family’s Casselberry home did not have water or electricity.
WESH 2 News obtained video from inside the home. Investigators said was a home so dirty that it almost made one officer sick.
“I’ve never seen a steak look like that,” an officer is heard saying on video inside the home.
“What goes on in the sink here? There’s, like, shorts and a toothbrush,” an officer said.
One of four children who lives inside the home told the investigator that’s where he washes his clothes with a bucket of water borrowed from a neighbor.
Alissa Nottingham is the mother of the children who range in age from 4 to 16 years old. She was charged with child neglect.
“They would be using the bathrooms, using the sinks, you know. Trying to clean up,” said Julia Bryant, an employee at a convenience store near Nottingham’s home. Bryant said her children frequent the store’s bathrooms.
According to police records, the kids told investigators they were forced to hold their bladder until they made it to the convenience store less than a mile from their home. Police said the toilet at home had been filled with feces for weeks.
“I used to come by to make sure the kids were OK,” said Robin Turner, a family friend.
Police said the father of the children is in jail on an unrelated case. Child Protective Services stepped in to assist the kids. “I appreciate that because the kids are in a lot better place. They’re clean, got something to eat,” Turner said.
Nottingham is still being held in the Seminole County Jail on $5,000 bond. Her children’s father is also at the Seminole County Jail.
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