NAPLES, Fla. - Collier County deputies arrested a Naples woman after investigators found her living in squalid conditions inside of a small storage space with a young child.
According to a probable cause affidavit, 44-year-old Wendi Raye Horneorr appeared disheveled and had a strong smell of alcohol on her breath when medics arrived in response to a child in distress call at a Naples Cube Storage facility Wednesday.
The incident began when the property manager at the facility was making his nightly rounds around the units and was approached by a tenant who said they heard screaming coming from unit 19. The property manager was able to open the storage door wide enough to see a toddler inside. According to the police report, the boy was reluctant to come outside but when the manager offered him some water, he said the boy ran to him, drinking all of the water the man had as if he hadn't had fluids for an extended period of time. The manager told deputies that he called several times inside of the unit to see if anyone else was inside but when no one else responded, he called 911.
When medics and deputies arrived they found Horneorr who had appeared to be sleeping in the back of the unit surrounded by several mattresses and dressers that were being used as a makeshift living space. Investigators also found empty bottles of vodka, ashtrays and a bucket that was full of feces surrounded by gnats. Investigators noted that the only food inside of the space was a half of a stack of crackers.
Medics treated the boy for a cut above his eyelid but found him in overall satisfactory health. Deputies placed Wendi Raye Horneorr under arrest. Department of Child and Families responded to take over custody of the child.
Horneorr faces a felony child neglect charge.