Florida woman accused of leaving six young children alone without food, water or power

Sara Resko: Photo provided by the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Marion County Sheriff's deputies arrested a woman accused of leaving six young children home alone in some of the worst conditions they've ever seen.

Investigators on Tuesday charged 30-year-old Sara Resko with six counts of child neglect. Here's what deputies say led to the arrest:

Deputies responded to the Porter Shores neighborhood after several children were found wandering around, including a 2-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy who were in the road. All of the children were infested with lice and covered with open sores.

Deputies say the 2-year-old girl had no clothes on from the waist down. They say she had multiple open sores on her arms, legs, chest, back, feet and face.

Deputies say they found more siblings, ages 6, 8, 9 and 13, riding bicycles down the road. These children told the deputies Resko left them alone while she went to work. Deputies entered the home and found no running water, no food and no electricity. They say the floor was covered in dog feces and infested with flies and lice. The children only had mattresses with no linens.

Deputies say they were on scene for an hour and a half when Resko arrived at the house. They say she first told deputies she was only gone for a few minutes but changed her story once she realized how long deputies had been there.

Deputies say they found two previous incidents where Resko left the children unsupervised, including the last one in February. They say Resko was told in February not to let the 13-year-old babysit the other children any more.

The children have been taken into the custody of the Department of Children and Families.

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