A pair of St. Paul, Minn. parents have been charged with child neglect after their 4- and 2-year-old traveled to Super America in search of food while dirty, with shoes on the wrong feet and a soiled diaper.
According to charges, St. Paul police were dispatched to the Super America at 1146 Payne Avenue at 8:30 p.m. on May 25 after an employee reported the brother and sister were there for food but without enough money. The employee told police their mother had apparently left with a strange man and wouldn't be coming back.
The 4-year-old boy told police their father was home and also drunk. He said he and his sister were hungry, and all they had to eat at home was meat, so they walked to the gas station. The boy was able to take police to their home, where there was no electricity, a strong odor of excrement, pieces of meat with bite marks, rotten food and empty beer cans in the sink.
Their father, Darrell Curtis Demarrias, was found lying on a mattress on the dining room floor with an 11-month-old on his arm. There was a strong odor of alcohol, police said, and he didn't wake to loud commands, but eventually woke up and tipped over trying to stand a few times. He crawled out of the dining room and into the living room and fell asleep on another mattress.
Officers asked Demarrias the names and birthdays of the children, to which he responded, "Tomorrow." Officers repeated the question, and Demarrias said, "I'm sure they are sleeping."
The children have been placed in Ramsey County child protective services and Demarrias has been arrested and charged with child neglect and endangerment. He said he moved to St. Paul a few weeks ago with his girlfriend, Lydia Louise Godfrey, and 3 kids. The 4-year-old is Godfrey's son from a previous relationship but he said he cared for him since he was 6 months old. The other two are his, he said. Godfrey's whereabouts are unknown at this time, but she has been charged with one count of child neglect.