- MOORE HAVEN, Fla.
(Reuters) - Acting on a tip that a Florida family was keeping a child's
casket in their living room, police discovered a 53-year-old man living
on an isolated farm with his sister as a couple and their 13 children and
grandchildren, authorities said on Wednesday.
- Police believe the couple may have exhumed the body of
their infant son from a grave in nearby Okeechobee County 12 years ago
and kept the remains in a pine box, Glades County Sheriff's chief deputy
Kenneth Holley said.
- No charges were filed against the pair for digging up
the remains because the statute of limitations had run out but police filed
a single charge of incest against the man. He was being held Wednesday
at the Glades County Jail on $150,000 bond.
- Holley said the sister had not yet been charged in the
ongoing investigation into one of the most bizarre incidents in memory
in rural Glades County, a citrus-growing area bordering Florida's Lake
- "Some of our norms are defined by law. Some people
don't agree with the norms and they live outside the law," Holley
said. "Our main concern was for the welfare of the children."
- Investigators believe the 13 children were delivered
and schooled at home. They described the house as orderly and the children
- "You have to wonder. Didn't they know this wouldn't
work out?" Holley said.
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