Parents Arrested After Officials Discovered 2-Year-Old Son Living In Their Vehicle With Drugs, Reptiles, and Cockroaches Crawling On Child

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Parents in the Florida Keys have been arrested and are currently facing multiple charges after their son, 2, was discovered residing in their car in

“squalid conditions.”

The pair, 22-year-old Zachary Sousa Engren and 20-year-old Jillian Larae Meyers were apprehended following a traffic stop when officials found a young child in the vehicle that was filled with garbage, reptiles, insects in various boxes in the trunk as well as roaches that were crawling on the child. The vehicle was originally stopped after officials received reports of a reckless driver, according to FOX.

Officials added that the 2-year-old reeked of human waste and the couple was unable to tell officials the last time the child ate. The parents were unable to explain why there weren’t any diapers in the vehicle. Engren, Meyers, and another passenger, who wasn’t charged, explained to officials that they were residing in their vehicle. An official said,

“A strong odor of marijuana was emitting from the vehicle… Deputies found a .40-caliber Glock handgun under the passenger seat as well as multiple marijuana cigarettes and loose marijuana in the vehicle.”

The male passenger explained that they were in the Florida Keys to compile insects and reptiles. The 2-year-old was removed from the car and police contacted the Florida Department of Children and Families. 

The parents were taken to jail and arrested on several charges, which included, child abuse, possession of marijuana, possession of synthetic marijuana, and more. 

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