Thursday, June 9, 2011
Parents Charged With Child Neglect
Florida: A Riviera Beach couple was arrested Wednesday night for child neglect, after allegedly telling police that they live life in God and don't need to work despite not having any money to feed their toddler.
Claire Justin, 28, and Neil Vilain, 41, are being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bond on charges of child neglect. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Ted S. Booras ordered they have no contact with their 3-year-old child, who was placed in the custody of her maternal grandmother.
The couple also told police that the toddler has eaten solid food once. Vilain added that he refuses to apply for aid because "he leaves everything in God's hands," the deputy noted.
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"The two apparently believe that the 'normal' American lifestyle is evil and that they need to live with minimal items to survive," the deputy stated in the report. "Neil (Vilain) says he lives day-to-day and does not think about the future of the family. He says he leaves that in the hands of God."