Welington Cleiner Vasconcelos: Guardian of homeless 12 year old arrested on child neglect charges

JUPITER, Fla. - The guardian of a runaway 12 year old was arrested on charges of child neglect Sunday after the child showed up at the Jupiter Police Department and told officers he had been sleeping on the beach and could not remember the last time he had eaten.

According to a police report, officers met with the 12 year old around 5 p.m. after he showed up at the police department advising officers he had been thrown out of Safe Harbour shelter for fighting. Officers then asked where the child had been living prior to that and he responded with Welington Vasconcelos.

Officers went to the last known residence of Vasconcelos to investigate and were informed that Vasconcelos had just moved out of the residence and was living out of his car. Officers then phoned Vasconcelos. According to the report, Vasconcelos told officers he wished DCF would take over custody of the child because he was a "waste of society."

Police contacted Department of Children and Families investigators while Vasconcelos agreed to come to the police station to meet with officers.

The DCF investigator reportedly asked Vasconcelos why he had not reported the child missing, to which he said "he runs away all the time."

Officers then advised Vasconcelos that, per Florida law, he had failed to provide a child with care, supervision and services necessary to maintain the child's physical and mental health which includes food, shelter and clothing.

Vasconcelos was placed under arrest and transported to the Palm Beach County Jail.

The child was placed in DCF custody and placed in a shelter.

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