Ocala parents arrested on child neglect charges

OCALA — Deputies have arrested the parents of three children who were found living in squalid conditions near Ocala.

When Marion County Sheriff's deputies were called to the home Monday they found knives and suspected drugs near the children. They arrested 31-year-old Jess Palmer and 25-year-old Stephanie Renee Palmer on child neglect charges.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports the children — ages 1, 2 and 5 — were dirty and had multiple bug bites. The house had trash and rotting food strewn around.

Deputies say one of the younger children was sleeping in a crib with a soiled torn mattress and exposed metal springs. A rotting sandwich was next to the child.

Stephanie Palmer was being held without bail on a domestic battery. Jess Palmer remained in jail late Monday.

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