A PAIR of religious nuts living in Riviera Beach, Florida, was taken into custody this week after allegedly telling police that they live life in God and don’t need to work despite not having any money to feed their toddler.
Claire Justin, 28, and Neil Vilain, 41, are being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bond on charges of child neglect.
Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Ted S Booras ordered they have no contact with their 3-year-old child, who was placed in the custody of her maternal grandmother by the state Department of Children and Families, police said.
According to a Riviera Beach Police arrest report, officers went to the couple’s home on Wednesday, after the maternal grandmother saw the toddler and began to cry, stating that the she:
Looked different and thinner than the last time she saw her.
The way most people live is evil.
They added that neither of them works, their condo is in foreclosure and that their electricity was turned off two days prior. They also said that despite not paying the bill, their water was still running.
To survive, Justin steals a nutritional supplement from Walmart every day for the toddler, and chips and water for themselves.
The couple also told police that the toddler had only eaten solid food once. Vilain added that he refuses to apply for aid because:
He leaves everything in God’s hands.
A police deputy said:
The two apparently believe that the ‘normal’ American lifestyle is evil and that they need to live with minimal items to survive. Neil (Vilain) says he lives day-to-day and does not think about the future of the family. He says he leaves that in the hands of God.
Hat tip: Daz