Child Wellbeing Check In Cocoa Leads to Recovery of Firearms, Trespassing Charges
By Space Coast Daily // August 22, 2018
backpack contained a BB-gun and two firearms
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Police have arrested the parents of two children after a mid-morning wellbeing check at a home on South Varr Ave. In Cocoa resulted in the confiscation of firearms and trespassing charges.
Traci Jane Jones, 32, and Derrick Chandler, 45, were arrested for trespass after warning.
The two children, ages 6-weeks and a -year-old, were turned over to the care and custody of a relative.
The investigation resulted to the recovery of several firearms, one of those firearms was stolen in Melbourne, according to investigators..
“At around 9:54 a.m., officers were in the area of 707 S. Varr Ave. to check the wellbeing of the children the home, which was posted uninhabitable on May 29 and should have been vacant,” said Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department.
“Officers arrived at the home Wednesday morning where three individuals were outside on the property. As officers attempted to speak with them, one of the individuals fled.”
“The fleeing suspect dropped a backpack inside a vehicle parked on the side of the home and continued to flee on foot. The backpack contained a BB-gun and two firearms, one of which was stolen out of the City of Melbourne,” Martinez added.
Several individuals were detained for questioning and released.
The suspect who fled was not located.
As officers continued to investigate they saw the children inside the home with the parents nearby. The children were safely recovered and the parents were arrested for trespassing on the property after it was posted uninhabitable.
The Department of Children and Families was contacted and the two children were turned over to the care and custody of a relative.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.
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