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Case ID: 13862
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cat, dog (non pit-bull)
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Friday, Jun 6, 2008

County: Collier

Disposition: Not Charged

Person of Interest: Heather Jean Montalvo

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

Collier County sheriff's deputies arrested a Golden Gate Estates mother of five Friday after they say she left two children alone in a bedroom with piles of animal feces, garbage and clothes where they slept.

Heather Jean Montalvo, 35, of 891 Sixth St. N.E., was charged with neglect of child without great bodily harm.

Reports say the house was in deplorable conditions with numerous cats as well as a puppy running around.

Kids told deputies they had not eaten in a while.

Case Updates

A 36-year-old Golden Gate Estates mother who left two of her children alone in a bedroom with piles of animal feces, garbage and clothes has been sentenced to three years of probation for child neglect.

Collier Circuit Judge Frank Baker on Tuesday also ordered Heather Jean Montalvo, of 891 Sixth St. N.E., to complete a parenting class, stay away from alcohol, undergo random drug and alcohol screenings, and adhere to a state Department of Children and Families case plan.

Montalvo was arrested on June 6 after Collier County Sheriff's deputies found two of her five children - about 5 and 6 years old - alone in a house with "deplorable conditions," with numerous cats and a puppy running around. The children told deputies they had not eaten in a while.

Montalvo was charged with two counts of child neglect and pleaded no contest to both as part of a plea agreement negotiated by Assistant State Attorney Deborah Schwartz and Assistant Public Defender Shannon Brown. She faced up to five years on each of the third-degree felonies and faces up to 10 years in a state prison if she violates probation.

Brown asked the judge to withhold an adjudication of guilt, noting that Montalvo had never been in trouble before, but Schwartz argued against it and the judge found the mother of five guilty.

After sentencing, Brown said both children are still in foster homes and that Montalvo, who is unemployed, is searching for a job. "Ever since this happened, she has diligently tried to get her life back together," Brown added.

Schwartz said the DCF is still monitoring the family and added: "The plea was in the best interests of the children, to create a safe home for them."
Source: Naples News - Sept 11, 2008
Update posted on Sep 12, 2008 - 12:03AM 


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