PBSO: 5 kids found severely underweight, living in a car for months
GREENACRES, FL (WPEC) - Five children between the ages of 4 and 14-years-old were rescued by PBSO deputies, after being found malnourished and extremely thin.
On December 17th, a Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy was alerted to a blue Toyota parked in the Greenacres Walmart parking lot. The deptuy approached the car after he smelled a strong foul odor "similar to that of homeless camps."
He found the driver, Donell Barron, along with a passenger, Rikki Hart, and five children. While officers say Barron and Hart appeared in good health, dressed in clean clothes with well-kept hair, the children were anything but healthy.
Barely weighing 50 pounds, the 14-year-old was described by PBSO as being so underweight that his bones were clearly visible throughout his entire body, said PBSO.
The 8-year-old child wasn't much better, weighing 45 pounds. She was tired and had a hard time keeping her eyes open.
Also severely underweight... the 6-year-old weighed only 28 pounds, the 5-year-old weighed 35 pounds, and the 4-year-old weighed 30 pounds.
All of the five children were dirty, unwashed and smelled of a strong, foul odor. None of them have ever attended school.
According to PBSO, the group had been living out of their car in the Walmart parking lot for two months.
Donell Barron and Rikki Hart have been arrested and charged with child neglect.