May 24th, 2010
11:58 AM ET

Cops: Parents keep daughter outside for 8 years






Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

The parents of a teenage girl have been accused of forcing her to sleep outside their Miami home for years, authorities said.

Sherrine and Philip Mathieu, who were arrested last week, have been charged with 863 counts of felony child neglect, the Miami Police said in a statement.

"Using their blue Pontiac Grand Am as a bed, this family of three spent their nights sleeping within feet of their duplex apartment which had electricity, hot and cold running water and all of the comforts of home.," the statement said.

According to the arrest report, the suspects' daughter, 16, told investigators the family was living in these conditions for approximately 8 years.

Members of the Special Victims Unit division for the police continue to investigate the allegations and have found "loads of evidence that is consistent with the victim's story," authorities said.

The girl's father said he and his daughter were living in these conditions since 2007 because his wife would not let them into the home because it needed to be cleaned.

Bail for the Mathieus was set at $400,000 each.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Mariann Pepitone

    Mike: What do you mean what is the crime. Wake up to reality. You don't live in a car with a small child when you have a house to live in. And why was the house so dirty? Why didn't the girl's mother clean her house or was that just an excuse because she didn't want the daughter/ And where would they take a bath and how about the toilet. These parents should be locked up for years maybe in an institution would be a better place for them. The daughter should retain the home or live with her grandparents.

    May 31, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  2. Mike

    What is the crime? The father was out in the car too.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm |

    Put them in jail

    May 26, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  4. Albro

    Interestingly, if the court were to sentence these two "parents" to live outside, that would be illegal for being 'cruel and unusual punishment"!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm |

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