HOLLY HILL, Fla. (AP) — Police say two adults face charges of child neglect after they and three children were found living in a Holly Hill home with a woman’s decomposing body.
They say the adults also admitted using the disability benefits of the woman, who is believed to have died of natural causes.
Volusia County jail records show 38-year-old Todd LaDuke and 31-year-old Nicole Scalise are charged with child neglect, unlawful disturbance of a body and drug possession. La Duke’s bond was set at $33,000 and Scalise’s at $14,000. Jail records don’t list an attorney.
Police say the children — ages 4, 6 and 11 — are with welfare officials. Police Chief Mark Barker calls it “the worst case of child endangered” he’s seen.
LaDuke is also charged with uttering forged bills.
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