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Warned Of Animal Filth Months Ago, a Mondex Woman Is Jailed on Child Neglect Charges

| December 14, 2011

Jamie Ina Miller and an image of the house she rented in the Mondex.

Jamie Miller had already been warned back in late July.

On July 23, a Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputy had responded to the house at 4523 Clove Avenue in the Mondex, or Daytona North, after the landlord had complained about animals at the house. The landlord had rented the property about two years earlier to Miller, 31, and her four young children.

After examining the house, a deputy concluded that several dogs there, which had been cooped up inside, had been there roughly three days, judging from the animal waste on the floors. There was no food or water visible anywhere for the dogs. The deputy and an animal control officers described the scene as “deplorable and unlivable for humans or animals,” according to a police report. “They described filthy living conditions and an infestation of roaches too numerous to estimate.”

Three days later another deputy went to the house with the landlord and saw the residence in the same conditions. The deputy took pictures that show innumerable roaches in living areas and the bathroom, mucky, brown water in the commode, dilapidated walls and floors and furniture strewn with empty food cans, utensils, empty milk jugs and various objects, and a fish tank half-filled with greenish-gray water.

The deputy, after interviewing neighbors, concluded that Miller had been living at the house in those conditions with her children/ But it was early August when the deputy was able to make contact with Miller. She confirmed that she had been living at that address, and had left it on July 21. She conceded that there was a roach problem but attributed the waste on the floor to the fact that her dog had had puppies. She told the deputy that even though her children slept at the house, they spent most of their time at her mother’s place. Miller’s boyfriend confirmed that the children lived at the house.

Miller also told police that she couldn’t afford to care for the animals and didn;t know how to turn them over to someone who could.

Neighbors and witnesses subsequently provided police with additional images. “The images,” the police report states, “depict Jamie Miller’s youngest child, now 2 years old, walking down the road with no supervision. The child is also photographed while climbing a neighbor’s fence completely nude with also no one else observed supervising him.”

That police report, signed on Sept. 27, listed four charges of child neglect against Miller “for failing to provide the aforementioned children with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the [children's] physical and mental health.”

But it was only on Dec. 5 that Circuit Judge Raul Zambrano signed warrants for the child neglect charges and additional warrants for animal cruelty charges. Miller was physically arrested and booked into the Flagler County jail on Dec. 13. It’s not clear, based on the police report and other information provided by the sheriff’s office, including a news release this afternoon, why Miller had not been arrested sooner, or where she or her children had been since a deputy’s visit to the house in September. Deputies did contact the Florida Department of Children and Families.

“This was an avoidable situation,” Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming said in a release. “There are services out there for families who are struggling, just like this single mother. I would encourage anyone who is in this situation or knows anyone in this situation, to call us before things get to this point.” He added: “No child should have to live like this.”

Miller, a native of Baltimore listed as unemployed in her booking sheet, posted $1,000 bond Wednesday and was released.

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35 Responses for “Warned Of Animal Filth Months Ago, a Mondex Woman Is Jailed on Child Neglect Charges”

  1. Layla says:

    I don’t doubt that her kids love her. But somebody made that mess, which is a health department violation at the least. Do you know who it was?


  2. Layla says:

    For ANYONE living in this filth, please take your animals to the Humane Society. I know you love them, but you cannot take care of them adequately.

    Jamie, ASK FOR HELP. This is disgusting whether it is your fault or not. It is pretty clear that you are overwhelmed. It is also clear you have many friends. Wouldn’t kill some of you to pitch in.

    Another tip: If you have bugs and your landlord won’t help, call the CITY of Palm Coast or Flagler County and ASK who you file a complaint with. Even as a renter, you have rights. Use them.


  3. Hilda says:

    family was there she moved out a few days after all this happened!!!! as far as her being a bad mom she is far from it!!!!! she is the most amazing MOTHER SISTER AUNT!!!! there were family things going on in jamies life that no one not even her or anybody else could control that is why the kids where with there grandmother alot..jamie worked full time to get out of that house! and if she was so bad why did they give the pets back to her! tell me that! if she was so bad why when all this broke her and her children where going around looking at xmas lights! there are far worst moms and dads out there! then jamie! your only reading something from a paper or website! how about look into it more!!!! b4 your a judge of someone you dont know!


  4. IJS says:

    I’m wondering why this women is just now being arrested since the police initially responded to the residence in late July. It is apparent that these children were let down by more than just their mother. For the ones making up excuses for this woman, “there is NO excuse for a mother to allow her children to live under these conditions!” There are single mothers that work, cook, clean and provide for their children on a daily basis no matter how tried they are or how little they have. The police department and the Department of Children and Families really screwed up here!


    • flaglerwoman says:

      Right on ! a source of mine is the one that reported this family and lived close by the source called them plenty of times and nothing wasn’t done . the source even pleaded with them please due something before one of these kids get hurt ,when you lived out in no where land it seems like everything gets push to the side till they have time to take care of it . Im just happy to know these kids are going to be feed now and will be watch over and the baby will have clothes . I wish they would have taken care of this matter long ago i understand the state wanted to give her a chance but when calls and calls where made and nothing was being done its sad


  5. Disgusted. says:

    Pictures are worth a thousand words. This filthy home did not occur in a matter of days, while she might of been out of town. Regardless of how many hours you work or how many children you have, you should have enough self respect and concern for your children to not live in a home such as those conditions shown. Common sense would tell you that if you can not take care of your animals, that is what the Humane Society is for. Common sense would tell you that if you can not financially care for your children, there is help out there available, you just need to get up and go get it. There is no sympathy for a person who allows their children to endure these conditions, walk aimlessly around the neighborhood naked, or abandons animals. Bless these children.


  6. LOLO says:

    WOW!!! good to know that people are still quick to judge before they know the absolute whole story! What about the land lord that did nothing about the roach problem? Why isn’t anyone berating him for being a slum lord and not doing his job of fixing things that were broken? Why not throw him under the bus that you are throwing her under. Remember, Judge not lest ye be judged.


  7. Formally Poor and Single Mom says:

    LOLO….cockroaches don’t infest clean homes. Did you read the article? The landlord reported the filth.


  8. Disgusted says:

    LoLo, since when is it the responsibility of a landlord to provide exterminating services to the tenants? Look at this pig sty! This didn’t happen overnight! Perhaps, if the mother had kept a clean and tidy home for her children, there wouldn’t have been a roach infestation problem? So far as the children, they are better off in another’s hands, surely. A 2 year old, unclothed and climbing fences? Is that loving and responsible parenting? I think not.


  9. Mondex Resident says:

    Interesting that the neighbors could take pics and call the sherriff…..and not offer to help. Thats the way it works in the Mondex. Not sure whether she was actually trying to get ahead but what I do know is all these inbred mongrels out here love to call the “authorities” for any reason. I doubt any of them ever tried to help or get to know this lady. I pity anyone who lives out here in this hell hole. If their not trying to steal your stuff, then thier jealous and calling every government agency they can on you.


    • matt says:

      yes we try too help,we was feeding cats dogs make shur had water when she up leve for days .dog chained up rapped round tree water 10 feet hot as hell


  10. natasha says:

    what a disgusting mess!!!! Them poor innocent children.. Im with DISGUSTED, if she had a clean or even half clean house then there wouldnt be a need for the landlord to exterminate… ewwww…


  11. Nikki says:

    I know parents like this and it discusts me to the point where I am angry that they were given the blessing of children. I have lived in some run down places with slumlords for landlords but have NEVER let my place get this bad. Who just lets animals drop their feces and leaves it???? I just pray these kids are put somewhere safe and healthy.


  12. YoungResident says:

    I’ve known her for years and this does NOT surprise me. Yes, she had a full-time job and 4 kids, but clean up the house. If you clean up as you go, it would NEVER look like this. Those of you here defending her, where were you when she needed her house clean? By the way you are all talking, she was just saving up her money to get out of there, but who was going to clean up the mess that she and her children made? Was she just going to walk away and leave it like that for the landlord to deal with? That’s really adult-like if that was the plan. This mess did not happen in 2 days (or 2.5, however many she was supposedly out of town). She has plenty of time to go clubbing with her teenage friends, she should have put some of that time into cleaning this disgusting house she made her children live in.


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