ST. LUCIE COUNTY — A second arrest has been made as part of a case in which officials say children were permitted to stay in an unsafe environment in a dirty home without appropriate supervision, according to arrest and court records.
Andrew Nicholas Zangirolami, 29, of the 200 block of Northeast Mansfield Street in Port St. Lucie, was arrested Aug. 19 on four child neglect charges related to the case, which the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office investigated, an affidavit states.
Zangirolami was booked into the Martin County Jail on the warrants.
Zangirolami was arrested a day after the arrest of Jenae Marie Siraco, 28, also on four child neglect charges. Siraco, of the 1600 block of Southeast Harp Lane, was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail.
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The case began June 23 when investigators were called after a child was injured.
A boy was burned on his chest and face from hot water in a cup. His injuries were severe, and he was flown to a hospital out of the area for treatment.
While there, investigators reported the residence smelled of garbage and pet odor and that the floors were covered in dirt and food and other things and needed cleaning. The sink was full of dirty dishes, some with stagnant water in them.
Deputies ultimately contacted the state Department of Children and Families.
Zangirolami told investigators that Siraco is his wife.
A total of four victims are mentioned in records.
Their ages were not immediately clear, but officials spoke to at least two of them.
Zangirolami was described as “very challenging and appeared to be minimizing the situation,” records show.
Sheriff’s officials reported finding evidence Siraco and Zangirolami “are neglectful,” court records show.
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Investigators reported they didn’t provide proper supervision, and the residence needed work to be a safe environment.
“Zangirolami and Siraco are unable to provide a safe and sanitary environment for (victims) and to meet hygiene needs,” records state.
They “are physical with each other, drink alcohol to intoxication while caring for (victims) and there is concern for the mental status for both Zangirolami and Siraco.”
At one point, officials took the victims to the home of a family member to stay. However, the home of that family member and her husband smelled of marijuana, and both “admitted to being under the influence of marijuana,” court records state.
The children were taken to the home of another family member and her husband.
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