Toddlers found wandering in Port St. Lucie, parents charged with child neglect

The twin boys were alone, barefoot and in diapers

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Vorne and Jaimie Matthew of Port St. Lucie are charged with child neglect.

They're accused of carelessness toward their 18-month-old twin boys, who were found walking alone in a busy intersection Friday afternoon.

The Matthews live on Chelsea Terrace. Their sons were found nearby at the intersection of Gemini Lane and Thornhill Drive.

"They seemed to be clean and in good health," said Port St. Lucie Police spokesman Tom Nichols. "But they were only wearing a shirt and a diaper."

Diana Romero, called her neighbors' behavior irresponsible.

"As people that are having children, they should take that into consideration, that kids can't be out there by themselves," she said.

Investigators say the Matthew family's home is a mess, and there's no food.  In their front yard they had diapers, cans, old clothes, and clothes hangers.

Karla Rodriguez says she recently gave the Matthews a mattress, because Mrs. Matthew said her daughter was sleeping on a chair at night instead of a bed.

"That's really bad. That's sad," said Rodriguez.

Romero says she sees the Matthews' older children riding bikes all the time, but she never sees the parents watching them.

"Well, it just struck me as kind of careless for such small kids to be outside by themselves," Romero said.

On Friday evening, the Florida Department of Children and Families took custody of the Matthews' four children.