May 24, 2009
Theresa Platt Got Her Wish - Starved, Ant Bitten Children Taken Into Custody After She Tried To Pawn Them Off On Good Samaritan
Port St. Lucie, Florida (The Weekly Vice) -- Theresa Platt, a 34-year-old Florida woman was arrested last week on child neglect charges authorities found her children unfed for days, riddled with ant bites.
Platt, who reportedly freeloads from house to house with her three young children was taken into custody after one of her hosts became concerned with the abuse she allegedly dished out to her children.
According to St. Lucie County deputies, a man who took pity on the family recently put them up in a converted garage inside his home. Pity turned to concern when he reportedly saw Platt becoming abusive to her children - two 3-year-old twins and her 6-year-old son.
The man told deputies Platt didn't feed the children for three days, despite receiving food stamps. When the man's friend offered to take Platt's children to school, Platt reportedly told her "I don't want them. You can have them. I don't want to take care of them," according to the arrest report.
When deputies arrived, they found the children mal-nourished and covered with ant bites. Platt told deputies she was unable to support the children because their father was in prison.
As for the food stamps - Platt reportedly sold them. There was no explanation as to where the money was spent.
Platt was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail on three counts of child neglect. The children were taken into protective custody.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
As sad as this story is, the woman seems to have gotten her wish. She's been released from jail now.... lost somewhere in Florida..... and her children? Those are now the taxpayer's problem.
I'll bet a week's pay Platt will end up pregnant again inside of two years and the whole cycle will start again. Any takers?
The Weekly Vice
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