SPRING HILL, Fla. – A Spring Hill couple arrested after a child sets a mattress on fire and urged MPs to investigate the two adults for child abuse.
Pasco County’s sheriff Chris Nocco said the investigation began after emergency services responded to a house fire in Spring Hill, south of the Pasco-Hernando County’s border.
Nocco said Tuesday that MPs later found a child under the age of 10 “who lives in a room no one should live in”.
Before the fire, Nocco said the child was locked in a bedroom with no electricity and no daylight.
MPs say there was a blanket and mattress all over the child’s room that had feces and urine. Nocco said the child would not have access to games or a TV while locked in the bedroom.
“We don’t treat the worst in our society the way this child lived,” said Nocco. “The pictures never do them justice to the horror and blackening of the soul that this child had to go through.”
According to MPs, the child lived in the apartment with five other children aged from toddlers to 10 years. Nocco said one of the other children passed the young victim a box of matches under the door. The young victim then used the matches to set the mattress on fire.
MPs then arrested the couple, 36-year-old Kelley Davis and 37-year-old Daniel Davis, for child abuse.
“He freely admitted that the dogs that live in this house are in better shape than the child’s victim,” said Det. Randall Jones.
Nocco said the couple told MPs they locked the child in the room because they misbehaved.
“I can guarantee all of the neighbors here, if someone thought something bad was going to happen to the children, someone would have said something,” said neighbor Tom Bowen.
MPs say the children were all home schooled so they rarely left home. The other five children are now being held in protective custody.