ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A Florida woman faces a child neglect charge after police say a 3-year-old boy was found home alone, naked and smeared with feces. Police say it appeared as though the boy had been eating the feces.
Investigators say Charlotte Amber Esper, 28, left the child alone on Monday and went grocery shopping. The landlord let police officers inside the home where they found the boy by himself in an office space in the back of the home.
Police say the entrance of the office area was secured by a child safety gate. The area was left in a state of disarray with several articles of clothing, toys, used containers, soiled diapers, and garbage left on the ground. Items left on the ground were soiled with feces which appeared to have come from the victim. The walls were also smeared with feces, according to an arrest affidavit.
Police say the boy was nude and had dried feces smeared over numerous parts of his body. They say the boy continuously placed his contaminated hands in his mouth and appeared to have been consuming the feces.
Esper returned to the home one hour after police and a child protective services officer arrived. Police say Esper admitted to neglecting the boy and said she was in the process of releasing custody of him to an adoption agency.
Esper was arrested on one count of neglect of a child and was released from jail after posting $5,000 bond.