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Florida parents arrested after toddler found wandering by busy highway

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Two Oak Hill residents were arrested Monday after witnesses found a male toddler crossing U.S. Highway 1 alone and wearing a dirty diaper, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Yajaira Tirado, 28, and Jacob Krueger, 25, were arrested in their mobile home on 440 U.S. Highway 1 and face charges of child neglect, sheriff’s office spokesperson Andrew Gant said.

Multiple witnesses began calling deputies at around 10:30 a.m. Monday in reference to a small child crossing the busy highway, Gant said.

A Titusville woman and a mail carrier pulled over to assist the child, who was covered in bug bites, Gant said.

A deputy arrived on scene and recognized the toddler from a previous child neglect case involving Tirado, who left her toddler alone with a dog and an unsecured shotgun, Gant said.

The deputy found the couple passed out and unresponsive in their mobile home, Gant said. The deputy yelled and pounded on the wall to awaken the couple, Gant said.

Krueger and Tirada were apparently under the influence of drugs and were frothing at the mouth, Gant said.

The mobile home was in poor condition with broken beer bottles on the floor, dirty dishes piled up, dirty clothes and no separate children’s room, Gant said.

The Department of Children and Families took custody of the toddler, Gant said.

Tirado and Krueger were taken to Volusia County Jail, Gant said.

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