Boy Left Home Alone In Trailer For Months (Photos)

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A Florida couple has been accused of leaving a boy alone in a trailer for about two months.

Jennifer Nichols, 34, and Joshua Sanders, 32, were arrested Nov. 30, the Daily Mail reports.

Both have been charged with one count of neglecting a child causing great bodily harm.

Authorities have not revealed the boy's age or his relation, if any, to Nichols or Sanders, but he is reportedly an adolescent. 

The couple's landlord told Escambia County deputies she began renting the trailer to the couple at the beginning of September, and eventually realized that the child was living there alone.


She told police she tried to care for him the best she could, but believed that it was insufficient, reports the Pensacola News Journal.

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She contacted Sanders and Nichols and informed them that they needed to either move in or provide him with a responsible guardian.

In response, Sanders allegedly told her the matter was none of her business as long as he paid the rent.

The child said he had been living alone for about two months, and had not attended school for months.

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He said he spoke with Sanders and Nichols occasionally and they would provide him with a small amount of money and a few meals, but that he was often unable to contact them.

The trailer was reportedly empty, with no furniture in it.

The Florida Department of Children and Families confirmed it was involved in several cases concerning the child, though he was reportedly unaware of who his caseworkers were.

Sanders said the boy had been emancipated, but the child disagreed with this statement. Authorities have not given out details of the boy's legal status.

Sanders and Nichols were booked into jail on Nov. 30 in lieu of $250,000 and $150,000 bail, respectively.

Another recent "home alone" story involved an Iowa mother who left her four children at home while she vacationed in Germany, reported the Daily Mail.

In that case, 30-year-old Erin Macke told police she tried to make child care arrangements for her kids before her Sept. 20 departure, but was unable to do so.

So she left her 12-year-old twins, and two others, ages 6 and 7, home alone.

The day she left, her ex-husband reported her to authorities, who contacted her in Europe and demanded she return home immediately.

But she ended up staying in Europe for six more days, finally arriving back in Iowa on Sept. 27. She was arrested the following day.

Sources: Daily Mail (2), Pensacola News Journal / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Escambia County Jail via Daily Mail

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