Police say Palm Bay woman kept children in deplorable conditions

A woman was arrested and charged with Child Neglect in Palm Bay, Florida.
A woman was arrested and charged with Child Neglect in Palm Bay, Florida.

PALM BAY, Florida – Officers who were dispatched to a home after a child misdialed 911 couldn’t believe what they saw, according to the Palm Bay Police Department.

Kayla Connie Kinzey, 31, was arrested Tuesday and charged with Child Neglect after police responded to a home where three children were left unattended, according to the report.

The children were found “dirty” in “sagging diapers” and “they smelled bad,” the affidavit said.

Officers then observed garbage with bugs flying around it, and black mold or feces all over the floor. The bathtub had a black and green slime and miscellaneous clothing with bugs.

Police said the carpets, floors, and walls were caked in dirt and grime. There was bare drywall collecting mold, according to the affidavit.

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) removed all the children from the home. One of the children told DCF investigators that she does not get enough to eat and that a man named Corey allegedly smacked her repeatedly, the report said.

In their report, DCF said the child had large “distinct bruises on her buttocks and lower back.” DCF said they found evidence of physical abuse.

Kinzey told investigators that she saw the bruises, but didn’t tell anyone because she didn’t know where they came from,according to the affidavit.

“The bruises cover [the child’s] entire bottom and are deep purple and red in color,” the DCF investigator said.

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The affidavit also stated that Kinzey’s boyfriend, identified as Corey Wainikainen, allegedly broke some of the windows in the home several days prior but never fixed.

Kinzey was transported to the Brevard County Jail where she is still being held on $5,000 bond.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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