FORT WALTON BEACH — An investigation of a child abuse complaint led to the arrest of a mother who is accused of leaving her child in "deplorable" living conditions, authorities say.
This was the mother's third offense.
According to an arrest report from Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, deputies and an investigator with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) went to the home of Yudis Lisseth Jurado Cabrera at 130 N.W. Fetting Ave. on Dec. 15, 2017 after receiving a child abuse/neglect complaint.
The home was found in "deplorable" conditions with an obvious odor of mold and mildew, the report said. Investigators noticed holes in the walls and rodents inside the home. The residence did not have a refrigerator and there was little food in the home.
There was no source of heat in the home, where a total of six people were living. An exposed electrical box and wiring inside the home were within reach of children, the report said.
One victim, whose name and age was redacted from the report, was also examined. The report said the victim's whole top row of teeth were completely rotten. Some of the teeth on the bottom row had begun to rot as well. The victim only drank milk from a bottle, although there was no way to keep the milk cold without a refrigerator. The child does not eat solid foods, likely because of pain in his mouth due to the rotting teeth, the report explained.
Cabrera admitted she knew of the victim's rotting teeth and had not gotten him treatment.
Members of the Child Protection Team performed a medical examination and found positive signs of medical neglect.
The children of the home were interviewed separately by DCF. They all stated that there are times when they go to bed hungry and their main source of food is when they attend school.
In June 2014 and July 2015, DCF received reports of environmental hazards in the home. Both reports were "closed verified due to conditions of the home" after the home was cleaned and hazards removed.
In September 2017, OCSO went to the home in response to a disturbance. At the time, the reporting deputy said "I found the home to be deplorable with food on the floor and large containers of household chemicals accessible to children." The children appeared to be dirty, along with their clothing.
Cabrera was arrested on Feb. 7 and charged with one count of child neglect without great bodily harm, a third degree felony.