Florida couple, arrested for neglecting their toddler, opted out of ‘evil' US lifestyle

Florida couple, arrested for neglecting their toddler, opted out of ‘evil' US lifestyle June 11, 2011

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.

Neil Vilain and Clair Justin
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.

When the officer spoke with Justin and Vilain, they said they believed that:

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

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  • Graham Martin-Royle

    These dummies haven’t even got the gumption to try growing their own food, they are just relying on manna from heaven. Religion really is a disease that melts human brains. These two need help, they need to be taught the truth about the world and their place in it, before they do any more harm to themselves or others.

  • Broga

    I suspect that their demented religious beliefs have cemented into their warped brains a self righteous certainty that they are right and the rest of the world is wrong. I doubt if they have the brains to consider what they think they believe.
    It seems that theft is acceptible as well as starving their child.

  • barracuda78

    The article mentions condo, if they live in a condo, they may not be able to grow a vegetable garden…this is how it is where i live in an apartment….unfair, some communities have places where city residents can have a small plot of land and grow whatever they want…
    I think mental illness is a part of what we see in America, the cult loonies that follow MrsPalin, who have very little concept of reality, don’t bother to research, believe whateva they see on FOXY news…live in their own little world…without the proper meds to assist them in living a quality life…
    Glad the gramma spoke up…maybe she and others will help…
    obvs it’s God sending them help…

  • Milz

    “give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime. Give a man religion, and he will die, praying for a fish.”
    Now they can starve to death if they like, that’s two less Christian nuts in the world. But allowing you’re child to starve? now who’s evil? idiots!

  • AgentCormac

    Pair of lazy, stupid, useless toerags. Vilain by name, villain by nature.

  • Angela_K

    Stealing and child neglect: standard behaviour for religious nutters.

  • Pete H

    “He leaves everything in God’s hands.”
    God’s handling it well so far, isn’t he?

  • jen

    How exactly is “stealing from Wal-Mart” the same as “leaving it in God’s hands”? He says he doesn’t plan for the future, but clearly he does plan to continue stealing each day from Wal-Mart.
    And he calls the American lifestyle “evil” while routinely stealing (a violation of the 10 Commandments) and ALLOWING HIS CHILD TO STARVE (which isn’t, but maybe should be, one of the thou-shalt-nots).

  • barriejohn

    Another great piece of “sacred music” for you all to enjoy!

  • AgentCormac

    That is truly, appalling awful. My ears have only just stopped bleeding!

  • Stonyground

    It seems to me that there will always be dim witted and dysfunctional people in the world and the rest of us will always have to deal with the fall out of their behaviour as well as we can. The implication of this story being covered by the Freethinker blog is obviously that religion is to blame. The godly witterings of these people certainly give the impression that, if religion is not the root cause of their behaviour, it certainly helped to make it worse.
    A few years ago one of the speakers on Radio 4’s infamous Thought for the Day suggested that atheists were much more likely to abuse their children than those who believed in God. Not surprisingly this caused a bit of controversy due to the statement being the precise opposite of the truth. Whenever a story appears in the news that a child has been cruelly mistreated, it is close to 100% certain that the perpetrators were deeply religious.

  • jen

    Stonyground, not only is it close to certain that the perpetrators are religious, but also close to certain that if you try to make it easier for others to step in and take care of the child before the child dies from neglect, there will be *someone* out there arguing about “parents’ rights” and “religious freedom”.

  • AngieRS

    I dunno, maybe a move to Texas would help. I reckon they’d be right at home there.

  • Anonymous

    Also from today’s news:
    Couple sentenced for ‘religious’ beating death and torture of children

  • Daz

    That’s. Just. Awful! If there truly were a god, there’d be special hell reserved for people who perpetrate such awfulness.
    Re: Anonymous’s link, here’s the page on chastisement mentioned in the story. Have strong drink readily to hand. Really. You’ll need it.

  • AgentCormac

    Here’s another little ol’ tune that’ll have you reaching for the sick bag.

  • barriejohn

    They’re performing it in a church as well, AgentC!

  • AgentCormac

    Well, if you can actually call it performing!

  • gsw

    and now they will no doubt hope to go to prison – whre they can live for a while – financed by hard working tax payers.
    Please, just give them community service!

  • The two apparently believe that the ‘normal’ American lifestyle is evil …. He says he leaves that in the hands of God.
    Funny how he forgets that his god says “thou shalt not steal”. But then selective adherence to the Bible while claiming piety is typical of Christians.