LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The parents of the two toddlers that were missing for several hours yesterday in Estero are in jail.
Rachel Davis, 28, and Cole Thomas, 29, are both facing charges of child neglect. This comes after an extensive search for 3-year-old Innocence Davis and 2-year-old Caspian Thomas, who were both found alive and well Tuesday evening.
Dozens of Lee County Sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement officials combed through the Estero area looking for the children.
The children had been missing from their residence in the Covered Wagon Mobile Home Park since 11:45 a.m., but for unknown reasons, their mother didn't report them missing until nearly 2:00 p.m.
Rachel Davis told deputies the kids had gotten out two weeks before, but were found by a maintenance worker at the laundry building in the mobile home park. Before that, the kids walked across the street to see their mom at work, after managing to get out of the house, according to their father.
According to the booking report, Rachel Davis has seven children. Three of those children were previously taken away from her by the Department of Children and Families, and Rachel herself said she had been investigated for neglect by DCF for Caspian and Innocence. Also in the report, DCF said the home was in deplorable conditions when they found it.
The children are now in the care of DCF. In a special hearing today, it was determined that a family member may take the children, pending a home study and background check. The parents will have a minimum of three, 90-minute, supervised visits with the children per week, but the State asked for a no-contact order. Attorneys are looking into this.
If the family member does not pass the home study and background check, relatives in Georgia may be able to take the children.
DCF also asked for a drug screening from both parents. Both agreed to submit to a test.
Sheriff Scott said LCSO is still investigating Rachel Davis and Cole Thomas. More charges may be pending.
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