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Kids found in deplorable conditons after one wanders off

Posted at 10:21 PM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-11 06:29:35-04

A couple was arrested and charged with one count of contributing to delinquency of a minor, after their two kids were found living in deplorable conditions.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office became aware or the situation after the youngest boy wandered down the street to a McDonald's. A woman there called authorities, who asked the boy what he was doing and why he was there. The boy told deputies he was looking for his 11-year-old sister, and told them where he lived.

It's unclear how old the boy is because he told deputies he is four, but his father, who didn't know either of the kids birthdays, said he is five.

Once deputies got to his home, they found swarms of cockroaches crawling on every wall, corner, and object in the house, including the sleeping areas and kids' clothing.

"The were actually very well-behaved," one neighbor said. "They were hiding a lot. They just didn't want anybody to know what kind of condition they were living in."

Deputies found 34-year-old Shawn Tisdell inside playing video games.

The kids' mother, Ahsley Rennie, came home from work shortly after deputies arrived.

"His dad was too busy playing games, or his mom was always at work. But his dad just never wanted to pay attention to him," a neighbor said.

"It's not {Rennie's} fault. She's a woman, and she's working while he stays home. Why doesn't he clean the house?  Why doesn't he take care of the kids?" another neighbor said.

Among the filth, deputies also found several types of drug paraphernalia inside the couple's room.

"If that's the way you live, maybe you shouldn't have your kids. Let somebody else take them and give them a better life, and treat them better," a neighbor said.

Both Tisdell and Rennie are out of jail on bond. Neither answered the door when Four in Your Corner's Lisa Greenberg stopped by.

The Department of Children and Families has taken both kids and is placing them in custody of a family member or responsible adult.