4-year-old girl digging in trash, mom arrested

SANFORD, Fla. — A 4-year-old girl was found digging through a garbage can at a local convenience store. According to officers, the girl had peanut butter caked in her hair.

WESH reported that a witness waved down an officer around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, saying he saw a girl digging through trash at the Sunoco station on 17-92 at 27th Street.

Jessica Flores, 27, has been accused of child neglect. She was arrested and charged with child neglect and resisting arrest.

Flores and her two girls were staying at the nearby Value Place Extended Stay motel. Flores told cops her daughter let herself out while she was sleeping, according to a police report.

The report said the motel room was a mess, with clothes all over, rotting food and a bad smell.

The officer who arrested Flores said, "I feel if the children are placed back with the mother, they will be in danger."

The child and her sibling were put in protective custody.


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