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Unimaginable But Real: Child Neglect

A Jupiter couple who said their religious beliefs required limiting foods they gave their toddler have been arrested after the 19-month-old nearly died. The couple first noticed the child’s health deteriorate in February, but waited until late May to seek medical help, according toThe Palm Beach Post.

In another case, Orange County officials discovered children and 22 “rescue” pets living in squalor, with urine and feces several inches nches thick and bugs everywhere, the Orlando Sentinel reports.  An investigator said the neglect was “the worst she had seen;” the mother and her boyfriend were arrested.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.