Florida mom charged with child neglect after son found smeared with feces

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WTHR) — A 28-year-old woman is facing child neglect charges after police say her 3-year-old son was home alone, naked and smeared with feces he appeared to be eating.

Police say Charlotte Esper left the boy alone when she went grocery shopping. The landlord let police into the home. Police found the boy behind a baby gate in an office space of the home.

They found him surrounded by clothes, toys and diapers that were all soiled with feces. Police say the walls and the toddler's body were also covered in dried feces, and he was continuously placing his hands in his mouth, apparently eating it.

When Esper returned from the store, she admitted to neglect and said she was in the process of giving up custody and putting him up for adoption. She has been released from jail after posting a $5,000 bond.

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