Parents arrested after girl found wandering alone in Lake Worth

A Lake Worth couple were arrested Saturday after a 5-year-old child was found wandering by herself at a gas station, according to an arrest report.

Kimberly Rae Evan

Kimberly Rae Evan

When Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies went to the child’s home, they found the residence to be an “extreme environmental hazard” and littered with garbage and animal feces, the report said.

Kimberly Rae Evan and Norman Phillip Gloyd are each facing a charge of child neglect without injury. Evan and Gloyd were each released from the Palm Beach County Jail Saturday after posting $3,000 bonds.

The girl was found walking around unattended at a Citgo gas station Saturday around 5 p.m., the report said.

Deputies made contact with Evan, 26, who indicated that a neighbor cares for the child while Evan is working. Evan said she knocked on the neighbor’s door Saturday morning to signal she was leaving for work, the report said. Despite not receiving any confirmation that the neighbor was present, Evan left. Gloyd also left the residence around 7 a.m., indicating the girl may have been alone for many hours.

Norman Phillip Gloyd

Norman Phillip Gloyd

It was later learned that the neighbor was in the hospital, the report said.

Upon entering Evan’s and Gloyd’s home, deputies found the residence full of animal feces and garbage.

“…the entire house was also consistent with signs of a hoarder,” the report said.

A Department of Children and Families investigator chose to remove the girl from the home “due to the extreme neglect that was evident.”

 

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