Two people have been arrested in Florida after five severely malnourished children were found living inside of a car parked outside of a Walmart store.
According to ABC15, a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy said he was on routine patrol at 10:50 a.m., when he spotted a blue Toyota in the parking lot outside of a Walmart in Greenacres.
34-year-old Donell Barron, the driver of the car, explained to the deputy that he and his family lost their home in Port St. Lucie about a year earlier and had been scrambling to survive ever since.
Although the family had been bouncing around from hotel to hotel for about 10 months, Barron confessed that he had run out of money, forcing him and the children to live out of their car.
The children, ages 14, 8, 6, 5, and 4, had reportedly been bathing in the Okeeheelee Park bathrooms and urinating into a bucket.
According to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) report, none of the children had been attending school, and they were all seriously underweight.
Barron admitted that he could only feed his kids once a day, and even then they mostly survived on vegetables.
Deputies said they quickly took the children to McDonald’s, where they “ravenously ate the meals, as if they had not been fed in quite some time.”