OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - A woman was arrested Tuesday on charges of child neglect after a tip from her child's teacher led deputies to their residence.
Officials said the teacher indicated she was concerned for the 10-year-old boy, who she said arrived late to school every day, when she smelled a strong odor coming from his clothes and school supplies.
When deputies spoke to the boy, he told them he didn't have clean clothes to wear and couldn't remember the last time he had bathed.
The boy's mother, Betsy Beth Velasquez, 34, told deputies she had five children, ages 8-14, and allowed them into her home.
Deputies reported that they observed the home to be in deplorable conditions, with dog feces covering majority of the floors, dog food covered in mold, dirty clothes piled up and a strong odor.
Deputies said seven dogs were living in the home, some of them malnourished.
Velasquez reportedly told deputies the home hadn't been cleaned in six months.
The Department of Children and Families took custody of the children and placed them with relatives, and Animal Control was contacted to take the dogs.
Velasquez was booked into the Osceola County Jail.
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