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Two children removed from ‘foul’ house and …… their mother’s a cleaner August 16, 2012

Two children have been found living in a  home brimming  with rubbish, stained clothes, swarming insects and the foul stench of rotting food – even  though their mother is a cleaner.

Trash bags, children’s toys, dirty clothes  and cups filled with an unknown liquid were strewn across the front garden of  the home in Fort Pierce, Florida, when officers arrived on  Monday.

Police, following an investigation by the Department of Children and  Families, had visited the address after reports of a ‘foul’ stench coming from  the home.

Sick: Two parents have been arrested after their children were found living in deplorable conditions, pictured

Sick: Two parents have been arrested after their  children were found living in deplorable conditions, pictured

Mess: Dirty pots and pans, opened packages and animal cages were found strewn about the home

Mess: Dirty pots and pans, opened packages and animal  cages were found strewn about the home

They arrested the children’s parents, Ronald and Robin Teller, both 37, at the  home and each faces two charges of child neglect without great harm.

Inside the house, police discovered  trash  across the floor, mattresses soaked with large brown stains,  insects swarming  surfaces caked in dirt and a fridge brimming with  mouldy, uncovered  food.

Dirty clothes, open food packages, pet cages  and dirty pots and pans covered  the floor and made it difficult to walk through  rooms, the police  reporte noted.

Among the debris strewn across the front lawn  of the house, officers found a knife with an eight-inch blade, according to the arrest report.

Arrested: Ronald Teller told police his wife, a cleaner, got angry at him when he attempted to tidy up

Arrested: Ronald Teller told police his wife, a cleaner,  got angry at him when he attempted to tidy up

‘The residence was covered with bugs,’  the  report reads, according to WPTV.com.  ‘On top of the kitchen table I found dirty leftover  biscuits that were old and  had insects on them.’

In the fridge, officers could not find any  mould-free food and came across a pot filled with ‘an unknown  rotting  substance’, the news site reported.

The disgusting conditions are despite their  mother’s job as a cleaner at a nearby courthouse. She told police she tried to  clean the home every day, but it is ‘hard and  overwhelming’, their report  said.

The Tellers were taken from the home  to be  interviewed by detectives. During interviews with police, Mr  Teller said he  works for St. Lucie Company five days a week.

Dirty: Officers found brown mattresses and dirty clothes strewn about the home in Fort Pierce, Florida

Dirty: Officers found brown mattresses and dirty clothes  strewn about the home in Fort Pierce, Florida 

Riddled: They found insects swarming the dirty surfaces and cobwebs covering the walls

Riddled: They found insects swarming the dirty surfaces  and cobwebs covering the walls 

Risk: The disgusting conditions put the young children, a girl and a boy, at serious risk of foodborne illnesses

Risk: The disgusting conditions put the young children,  a girl and a boy, at serious risk of foodborne illnesses

He agreed his home was unsafe for the couple’s two children – a boy and a girl – but said it was his wife’s  fault,  as she gets angry at him when he tries to clean it, according to  the arrest  reported.

The boy and girl were removed from the house  and given to child services. Their parents are being held in St Lucie County  Jail on $7,500 bond and two charges of child neglect each.

The children, who are pictured  grinning  alongside their parents in pictures on Facebook, are lucky to  avoid many of the  foodborne illnesses passed on by rotting groceries.

Bacteria like salmonella, which is  passed  from uncooked meats to other foods that are not covered, or  through unwashed  hands, can cause excruciating food poisoning, fever and diarrhea.

Grim: Officers said there was so much rubbish on the floor they were unable to walk through the house

Grim: Officers said there was so much rubbish on the  floor they were unable to walk through the house

 

Dirt: Robin Teller said that, although she works as a cleaner, she finds cleaning her home 'overwhelming'

Dirt: Robin Teller said that, although she works as a  cleaner, she finds cleaning her home ‘overwhelming’

 

Cobwebs: Police also found insects in the home and a knife with an eight-inch blade in the front garden

Cobwebs: Police also found insects in the home and a  knife with an eight-inch blade in the front garden

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