Florida mom arrested after ‘hundreds of bugs’ crawl from girl’s backpack, police say

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A Florida woman was arrested last week on felony neglect charges after police said her five children were living in filthy conditions, including a girl whose backpack allegedly had bugs crawl out of it at school.

Jessica Nicole Stevenson, 33, of Milton in Florida’s Panhandle, was arrested May 3, two weeks after an elementary school worker alleged that Stevenson’s second-grade daughter had worn the same clothes to school for a week, court documents filed by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office read.

The school worker made the allegation April 18 to a sheriff’s deputy, who investigated.

The worker alleged, according to the deputy’s investigation report:

• The girl, when asked, didn’t know the last time she’d taken a shower or a bath.

• The worker gave the girl clean clothes, and dirt “was caked into” the old clothing.

• One of the garments “had caked fecal matter and urine soaked into” it.

• Previously, “hundreds of bugs crawled out of (the girl’s) backpack in the lunchroom,” and the worker was told that the children’s house “is currently infested with roaches.”

• The school had given the girl numerous new sets of clothes, “but eventually wears them over and over again.”

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