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Woman, Toddler Found Living in Filthy Storage Unit
WFTV ^ | Friday, Feb. 7, 2014

Posted on 02/13/2014 4:20:09 PM PST by nickcarraway

A woman has been arrested after a toddler she was caring for was found inside a filthy storage unit with no water and little food.

Collier County Sheriff's deputies arrested the 44-year-old woman on Wednesday. She faces a felony child neglect charge.


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I thought divorced men were supposed to live in filthy storage units.
1 posted on 02/13/2014 4:20:09 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

The woman was living there, too, not just the toddler. I’d feel more sympathy for her if it weren’t for the two bottles of vodka.


2 posted on 02/13/2014 4:22:34 PM PST by Tax-chick (Oh, what fun.)
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To: nickcarraway

There has got to be a story here. More likely the woman needs therapy or mental health counseling than jail.

In this day and age with section 8, food stamps and 70+ other programs how could anyone live that way?


3 posted on 02/13/2014 4:22:54 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

Alcoholic.


4 posted on 02/13/2014 4:23:25 PM PST by Tax-chick (Oh, what fun.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve often wondered if it would be possible to live by renting a storage unit. I don’t know how you would manage the sneaking in and out, and avoiding having a light show. You’d have to haul water in and out somehow. But at least it wouldn’t be freezing—you wouldn’t die of cold.


5 posted on 02/13/2014 4:24:38 PM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: GeronL
In this day and age with section 8, food stamps and 70+ other programs how could anyone live that way?

You would be surprised at how difficult it can be for a formerly middle-class person to get state assistance of any kind.

6 posted on 02/13/2014 4:26:28 PM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: ottbmare

Um , toileting? Or were you including depends in your lifestyle??


7 posted on 02/13/2014 4:27:36 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: ottbmare

I’ve heard of men who did live in them. Just having stored stuff in there, I’d have a hard time with the heat and air.


8 posted on 02/13/2014 4:28:05 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: GeronL

If you are white, often you won’t qualify. Seriously. I had a DES employee tell me that to my face.


11 posted on 02/13/2014 4:32:42 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Tax-chick

I watch the tv show Hoarders....its unbelieveable what filth some people live in. They don’t even care, it is just a collection to them. Serious mental disorder.


12 posted on 02/13/2014 4:33:38 PM PST by goat granny (.)
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To: nickcarraway

I lived in my car for a little while, in New York, and very nearly got a storage unit so I could park there in the evenings for safety.

Lots of people go through poor times. I was living on a few hundred dollars per month.

Now I have cars in storage...

Fortunes change as long as there is a whiff of freedom to be found.


13 posted on 02/13/2014 4:38:04 PM PST by golux
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To: ottbmare

My wife told of meeting a gal at the homeless tent city. For awhile she tried to survive on the streets with her kids. It was a good night if she could find an empty porta-john that was extra large so she and her kids could spend the night inside a locked area.

She finally gave the kids up to foster homes (temporarily?) so she could live in the tent city (kids aren’t allowed).


14 posted on 02/13/2014 4:39:10 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Norm Lenhart

wow


15 posted on 02/13/2014 4:39:32 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: F15Eagle

We are thinking of something different. I meant the kind of warehouse building where you rent a space to store the junk you can’t gt into your apartment or house. These buildings are heated and air-conditioned to some extent. I was in one, and the air was cool but not cold. There was an electrical outlet and a light in each rental unit. The limiting factor is that you have to check in and out past a security guard, who is going to notice if you go in every evening and don’t check out. There are high cyclone fences around these places.


16 posted on 02/13/2014 4:43:52 PM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: GeronL
There has got to be a story here.

Wondering the same thing. I'm usually pretty unsympathetic to boozers, but this is one of those moments when the quiet, but persistent nagging voice of Jesus won't let me brush it off as just another story about human refuse.

17 posted on 02/13/2014 4:46:47 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: GeronL

Swear to God.


18 posted on 02/13/2014 4:47:11 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: ottbmare

Yes, it’s do-able. Pay for a climate-controlled unit with 24-hour access. Go out and about during the day (mall). Return to the unit after-hours. Wash in the bathroom sink. Run an extension cord for your TV and X-Box. Sleep, then get out before the office opens in the morning. Happens regularly at my company. As long as the unit gets paid for and the “tenant” doesn’t “reside” there during business hours, can’t do much about it unless you stay after hours to catch them.


19 posted on 02/13/2014 4:49:38 PM PST by AF_Blue ("America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, bad ass speed." - Eleanor Roosevelt, 1936)
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To: goat granny

I’ve known some hoarders. #2 son was just telling us about the mother of one of his friends. We suggested he move out, and he said, “I could go over to Vinnie’s house, excavate a den in the Stuff, and they’d never know I was there.” (Until they noticed their food disappearing, of course.)


20 posted on 02/13/2014 4:49:55 PM PST by Tax-chick (Oh, what fun.)
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To: nickcarraway

21 posted on 02/13/2014 5:02:56 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: ottbmare

My daughter and her husband applied for “assistance”. They just had a baby, he was very unexpectedly laid off for a while, now an electrician’s apprentice, doesn’t make a ton but he’s working. They’re behind on bills, living with us and trying to get ahead, but it’s hard to catch up these days. We can’t help other than offer them a place to live.
They were offered a whopping $15 a month, even though they put “other” on the application (both are white/native American). I figure the “person in charge” took one look at our address (in a predominately white, middle-class Philly suburb) and that was that.


22 posted on 02/13/2014 5:03:29 PM PST by twyn1
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To: F15Eagle
Back in the "horrible" Bush years with 4% unemployment and terrible 400 billion dollar deficits, California real estate was going through the roof.

I remember a story about how because commercial real estate was going for such a premium, that some small business owners would have their call centers set up in storage units.

Phone lines, etc. were run in, and they were climate controlled.

At the time, the story was: "How terrible that a business can't afford to rent office space. Here's to American ingenuity."

Now the story is, "What a lucky woman. Getting to tuck her kid in at night. Thank goodness for high unemployment!"

I'm living in bizzaro world.

23 posted on 02/13/2014 5:03:35 PM PST by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: Norm Lenhart; GeronL

I was a “victim” of Hurricane Katrina and still couldn’t get food stamps. They as much as told me that middle-aged white men pay for benefits, they don’t receive them.


24 posted on 02/13/2014 5:04:56 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: twyn1

Yep. That was what I discovered.

I’m asking around now because I’m balanced on a knife-edge. I got laid off from both of my part-time jobs, both layoffs indirectly due to Obamacare. I am either going to be able to sell my house fast and be fairly comfortable, or I am going to get foreclosed on and be homeless. Trying to make plans. Thank goodness I no longer have young children to worry about.


25 posted on 02/13/2014 5:07:35 PM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: golux

Good on ya!!!


26 posted on 02/13/2014 5:10:17 PM PST by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: nickcarraway

A tent city has recently developed in the woods near me in Memphis. I’m not sure how many people are living there, but I know there are men and women and dogs. I hope there are no children. Last week I saw two men hauling a load of pallets back there in a shopping cart, likely for firewood. They don’t look like drunks and drug users. They look to be formerly middle class who have gone bust and now have no idea where to turn.

I’m also noticing more people who appear to be living in their cars.

I hate what has become of our nation. I despise these politicians wedded to wicked ideologies that do nothing but destroy and impoverish.


28 posted on 02/13/2014 5:42:58 PM PST by .45 Long Colt
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To: GeronL

I hear you. The woman has issues.


29 posted on 02/13/2014 5:43:18 PM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: ottbmare

I am sorry to read of your troubles. I know of many in your situation, trying to sell homes before they are foreclosed and living on the edge, through no fault of their own. (not people who got “forced” loans which they knew they could not pay back)
We are blessed, in knowing if worse comes to worse, we have extended family (3 generations) close by and we can all commune in the largest home if need be. Not ideal, but not our car.


30 posted on 02/13/2014 5:50:57 PM PST by twyn1
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To: ottbmare

It gets cold


31 posted on 02/13/2014 6:01:31 PM PST by Therapsid
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That doesn’t surprise me. They give out disability like candy for “bipolar” and my brother has real issues with it and can’t hardly get a hearing in the past year.


32 posted on 02/13/2014 6:06:12 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Tax-chick

Puzzling, though. It does not say how she is related to the child she was “caring for”. Strange reporting. Poor little one.


33 posted on 02/13/2014 6:09:21 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: Bigg Red

I agree. Hopefully the child gets to go somewhere with predictable sanitation.


34 posted on 02/13/2014 6:11:37 PM PST by Tax-chick (Oh, what fun.)
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To: .45 Long Colt

too white for welfare?


35 posted on 02/13/2014 6:17:06 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: ottbmare

Sorry to hear that, and hope conditions reverse.


36 posted on 02/13/2014 6:25:40 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: twyn1

$15? Is that to insult them, without really providing help?


37 posted on 02/13/2014 6:26:11 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: twyn1

There are lots of people who’ve never heard the saying about “meeting a man with no feet”. It’s tough out there. Especially for those over 50. I feel blessed that my wife and I have enough to live comfortably. I hope your kids can get out of the hole.


38 posted on 02/13/2014 6:28:54 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: ottbmare

I just said a prayer for you, friend.


39 posted on 02/13/2014 6:30:03 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: GeronL

That seems to be their problem. I can’t imagine what it is like for a white person to get assistance in Memphis.


40 posted on 02/13/2014 6:32:21 PM PST by .45 Long Colt
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To: nickcarraway

I took it as an insult.

The woman on the phone pretty much told my daughter to “fib” and say we were charging them $500 a month rent, an maybe they could get a whopping 17 bucks a week!

At that point it was like FU! we’ll eat hot dogs, mac & cheese and brown rice and beans like we used to back when my hubby was a 2-striper in the Air Force before we come to you again.


41 posted on 02/13/2014 6:41:09 PM PST by twyn1
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Thank you. “The prayers of a righteous one availeth much.” I appreciate it.


42 posted on 02/13/2014 6:52:57 PM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: nickcarraway

Lived in a 42 footer for 2+ years in Iraq. Even had a roommate at the other end. Bullet-proof, with a full bathroom in the center. Pretty sweet for Camp Victory. Incoming mortars were a bit stressful when they walked the nearby LZ. And I HEARD Paki and Indian nuke tests coming up from the ground while trying to get to sleep in the hooch. Sounded like a huge sledgehammer hitting a metal floor 100’ away. Hurt my ears!


43 posted on 02/13/2014 7:05:05 PM PST by Justa
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To: ottbmare

I was homeless for awhile in the mid 80s. I came very close to suicide. Prayer kept me going a few minutes at a time. It was a long climb out of that hole. I’m grateful today.


44 posted on 02/13/2014 7:11:38 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: F15Eagle; ottbmare
There will be more of these horrific stories, as the Dems and the RINO’s betray regular Americans, I’m afraid.

The other night as I was walking home, I saw a twentysomething man, healthy and able-bodied, at the locked gate of a fenced-off area surrounding a freeway berm. He pulled on a watch cap and a hard hat with a light on it, and climbed over the fence. That area has had several postings by police warning people to abandon illegal campsites. This fellow found a good hideaway out of sight of police. He'd likely stashed his bedroll and tent deep in the undergrowth (which, outside of the locked gate, had previously provided shelter for other transients and has since been cut down).

45 posted on 02/13/2014 7:24:37 PM PST by thecodont
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To: ottbmare

Lifting you in prayer. Sorry to hear of your troubles. Praying things turn around, fast.


46 posted on 02/13/2014 7:35:36 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: nickcarraway

I wonder if ‘Storage Wars’ would do a show where one of its unit had a homeless mom and kids in it. I heard the news about her, Naples is an upper income area.


47 posted on 02/13/2014 7:35:59 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Those trailers look like it’s for the upper income people. The trailers should be 1930s vintage.


48 posted on 02/13/2014 7:37:58 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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Those are older trailers, probably 1960’s or early 70’s. The newer ones can be very nice. I sold them about 12 years ago and there were several models I’d have no problem living in.


49 posted on 02/13/2014 7:40:11 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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