Sarasota deputies arrest woman, say kids lived in 'horrific cond - WNCN: News, Weather

Sarasota deputies arrest woman, say kids lived in 'horrific conditions'

Posted: Updated:
Donnalee Ballard, 22, is charged with two counts of child neglect. Sarasota County Jail booking photo Donnalee Ballard, 22, is charged with two counts of child neglect. Sarasota County Jail booking photo
VENICE, FL (WFLA) - A Venice woman faces two charges of child neglect and is being held in jail without bond after Sarasota County Sheriff's deputies say they discovered two toddlers living in "horrific conditions".

Deputies went to a home at 9055 South Tamiami Trail Tuesday evening looking for a wanted sex offender. Donnalee Ballard, 22, was at the home and told deputies that the suspect lived with her and they could wait for him because he would be home soon.

The deputies waited inside the home and say they saw two children, ages one and two, walking barefoot on floors covered in garbage, blood and rotting food. The deputies say dirty diapers were smashed into the carpet and beer and drug paraphernalia were also scattered around.

Ballard admitted being addicted to drugs and shooting up that day while the children were in the next room, according to deputies.

More Sarasota news: Sarasota woman hospitalized after driving into canal

Deputies requested that Sarasota County EMS personnel evaluate the children. One child had a high fever. Ballard told deputies that the child had a fever the day before and said she did not have medication and did not get medical treatment for the child.

The Florida Department of Children and Families took custody of the children and Ballard was arrested.

Sex offender James Denegall, who the deputies were originally looking for, was also arrested for violating probation.

Sign up for free breaking news and headline email alerts


  • NewsMore>>

  • Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

    Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:01 AM EDT2014-04-18 13:01:33 GMT
    Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives.
    The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials...
  • Tampa Day School principal arrested for molestation

    Tampa Day School principal arrested for molestation

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:42 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:42:57 GMT
    Larkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSOLarkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSO
    Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies arrested James Jerome Larkin, the principal of Tampa Day School, for lewd or lascivious molestation, according to HCSO. Larkin bailed out early Friday morning.
    Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies arrested James Jerome Larkin, the principal of Tampa Day School, for lewd or lascivious molestation, according to HCSO. Larkin bailed out early Friday morning.
  • Pakistani madrassa names library after bin Laden

    Pakistani madrassa names library after bin Laden

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:41 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:41:01 GMT
    A spokesman for a controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital, Islamabad, says he has named the school's new library in honor of Osama bin Laden.
    A controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital of Islamabad has named the school's newly built library in honor of Osama bin Laden, his spokesman and a school administrator said...
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.