PIERSON — Victoria Kanger, 35, was arrested in Volusia County and charged with child neglect after police entered her cockroach-infested home and found three dead dogs in her freezer.
Volusia County deputies, responding to a 911 call regarding child neglect, were overwhelmed with the stench of urine and feces when they arrived at Kanger’s home in Pierson, 45 minutes west of Daytona Beach. Inside, they discovered a five-year-old girl sitting among piles of trash and fleas on a couch covered with roaches.
When questioned by the deputies, the young girl pointed towards the freezer where the dogs were kept.
Kanger later told police that she had frozen the dogs because she didn’t have a shovel to bury them with.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office had received a tip regarding Kanger from the children’s father’s girlfriend in October. A deputy visited the home, where he found two dogs and numerous cats covered in fleas.
“A very large amount of cockroaches crawling on the common areas such as couches, tables, pile of clutters and the walls of the residence,” the deputy stated in his report.
“The cockroaches did not appear to flee at the presence of humans indicating the cockroach infestation has been a chronic problem,” he added.
Kanger’s children, ages 5 and 14, are now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.
“It is disgusting, non-livable for a 5-year-old (girl). I mean, there’s poop all over the floor, there’s piles of clothes, there’s roaches. She’s had lice for the past eight months,” the caller told police.
“It smells so bad you can’t even go in the house. There’s three dead puppies in the freezer.”
The deputy also observed that there was very little food in the home and that the pantry area had been overtaken by the cats.
“In the kitchen, there were piles of soiled dishes and trash. The kitchen had a large number of cockroaches crawling on the floor, counter tops, sink, stove and walls,” the deputy wrote.
Kanger is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail on $2,500 bail.