2nd arrest made in Cape child neglect case

CREATED Mar 7, 2014

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  • Vanessa Leigh Greenwell

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral police made a second arrest Thursday in a child neglect case first reported by 4 In Your Corner.

The case stems from a drug surveillance conducted Wednesday in the 4600 block of 15 Ave. SW.  When the SWAT team moved in to make an arrest the suspect fled on a bicycle leaving a small child in his care behind in the front yard.

Police finally caught up to that suspect, 18-year-old Christopher William Fogleman Thursday afternoon, arresting him on a charge of child neglect and for violating his probation.  His girlfriend, 20-year-old Vanessa Greenwell, was arrested the day before and charged with child neglect.

Police spotted Fogleman riding in a car with Greenwell, who had bailed out of jail.  They conducted a traffic stop and placed him under arrest.  Police also contacted DCF about the fact that Greenwell was driving Fogleman with her daughter presence.

The child had been taken away from Greenwell and put into her mother's custody when a police search of Fogleman's home found deplorable conditions.  The home was filled with roaches and other insects crawling all over the floors, tables, and furniture.  The house reeked of urine and feces.  One of the bedrooms had been used by two Pit Bulls inside the home.  Officers say it was literally filled wall to wall with excrement from the dogs.

Officers also found signs of marijuana use and drug paraphernalia in the home.

When she arrested Greenwell admitted that she had been living there with her daughter.  She told police she was aware of the awful conditions inside the home but that she had nowhere else to go.