Couple arrested after kids found alone in deplorable home

Last Updated: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9:13 AM EDT

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Two people were arrested Thursday after deputies found two small children alone inside a home that was in deplorable conditions. 

  • Couple arrested after kids found alone in deplorable home
  • 4 and 2 year old girls left home alone
  • Home filthy with human, dog feces; cockroaches, insects everywhere
  • Robert Burdette, Casey Rocco charged with child neglect

Citrus County deputies were called out to a home in Homosassa Thursday morning after a neighbor called in a well-being check on two young girls. 

When deputies arrived, they noticed a carabineer type clip that was keeping the front door of the residence closed from the outside. 

When deputies knocked on the door, a 4-year-old girl answered and opened the door as far as she could. 

Deputies asked the girl if any adults were home and she answered no. The only other person inside was a 2-year-old girl sleeping on a mattress in the living room, deputies said. 

Officials said when deputies walked inside, they were shocked due to the deplorable conditions. Deputies said human and dog feces covered every inch of the floors, and cockroaches and insects were everywhere. There was also rotting food and toilets nearly overflowing with more urine and feces. 

Deputies said both girls were filthy with dirt and feces all over them. Their hair was tangled and they appeared to not have showered in days, possibly weeks. Deputies also noticed child sized hand and footprints in the feces in the floor throughout the house. 

A short time after their arrival, deputies said Robert Burdette, 25, and Casey Rocco, 24, were dropped off at the house by a taxi. Deputies questioned the couple as to why the girls were kept locked inside the home without adult supervision before arresting them both. 

Burdette is charged with two counts of child neglect. Rocco is also charged with two counts of child neglect and one count of domestic battery from a previous altercation. 

"This is one of the worst cases of child neglect our detectives have ever seen," Sgt. John Bergen of Major Crimes said. "From patrol to forensics, everyone that was involved in this case came together for the good of these children."

DCF sheltered the children with a family member and implemented a safety plan for the future.