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NEW: Florida boy, 3, left home alone all day with dead mother


A Deltona man was arrested on Wednesday after he was accused of leaving his 3-year-old son home alone with his wife who was dead from a drug overdose. 

Barry Wartell, 37, faces charges of child neglect in the April 20th incident, WKMG reports.  

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Volusia County Sheriff deputies said Wartell had his wife take care of the boy for the day so he could go to work. He said she was on prescription pain killers for most of their 17-year marriage and “overdosed three times last year,” WKMG reports. 

The mother was found dead face down on the floor by the couple’s oldest daughter when she came home from school, police said. 

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Wartell got home shortly after and tried to wake up his wife,  but told deputies “he knew she was dead when he saw that her face was blue,” WKMG reports. 

Deputies said Wartell called the house about three times during the day, but “did not attempt to check on his wife in any other way,” according to WKMG. 

Deputies called the Department of Children and Families to take the child because the home was allegedly filled with animal feces, food and pill bottles, WKMG reports. 

Wartell was taken to the county jail but later released, according to public records.  

Read more at clickorlando.com 


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