ORLANDO, Florida – On Friday, housekeepers at the Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort hotel, found a 2-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy alone in a room in their diaper and underwear. They stuck around with them for a little bit before alerting security. After some time had passed, staff thought a call to the police was in order. Police and staff began trying to locate the couple they came with. They searched around the hotel, even trying to call the number left when the family checked in, but no one answered. Two hours later 49-year-old Stephen Simmons and 41-year-old Kimberly Simmons, the children’s foster parents, were located at the hotel’s pool with their 6-year-old nephew. Here’s the kicker – Kimberly Simmons is a counselor at a Michigan school and told deputies that this isn’t a one-time occurrence.
She told deputies she has left the kids alone and unsupervised in the past and didn’t see anything wrong with it, nor did her husband. Deputies also remarked the couple did not seem bothered by leaving the children alone. Kimberly stated that she knew how to “take care of children.”The couple, visiting from Michigan, were and asked to return to their room where they were both arrested and charged with child neglect. The pair were released on Saturday on $2,000 bail each. The two children were taken into DCF custody and will be handed back to Michigan officials.
Family service officials in Michigan did not agree with her. DCF spokeswoman Carrie Hoeppner said family services officials from Michigan arrived on Monday with the intention of taking custody of both children from the couple who have been in custody of the children for almost two years. Disney staff didn’t agree with her either, and issued the couple a letter telling them to that they, and their parenting style, were not welcome on the property. They were asked to leave.
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