Jerry Nicholas, left, and Teresa Bimbo, right, were charged with child neglect in 2011, Las Vegas Metro police said. (LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
The parents of five children who walked away from a foster home center in Las Vegas were arrested in 2011 and charged with child neglect.
Las Vegas Metro police released Thursday prior booking photos for Teresa Bimbo and Jerry Nicholas.
According to authorities, their children went missing Tuesday after they apparently walked away from Child Haven, a foster care center on Pecos Road.
Police said a person spotted the children at the Taco Bell on Lake Mead Boulevard and Buffalo Drive about 1:25 p.m. Wednesday. The kids left the eatery and were located a short time later at a nearby Walgreens pharmacy.
Police said 14-year-old Savannah Nicholas and her sister, 13-year-old Violet Bimbo-Nicholas, were last seen in the company of their three younger siblings: 11-year-old Luchiano Nicholas, 9-year-old Sarah Nicholas and 7-year-old Demetri Nicholas.
In a 2011 arrest declaration, police visited a home belonging to the Nicholas family near Spring Mountain Road and El Capitan Way. Police were called after a neighbor saw several children running in and out of the home without an adult in sight, according to the report.
Police, in the declaration, made contact with Teresa Bimbo, who appeared to be disoriented and may have been under the influence of narcotic.
Officers found filth inside the home. According to the declaration, they found barely any food in the refrigerator or pantry, garbage littered on the ground, urine and feces on the floor of a bathroom and deep piles of clothes throughout the home.
Bimbo, in the declaration, told police she and her husband Jerry Nicholas live in the home with their seven children.
Upon being asked what he had for a meal that day, one of the children said cereal and waffles at a lunch hall, according to the report.
When officer asked her where her children went to school, Teresa Bimbo, in the declaration, said, "I don't know. They take a bus."
Police also described making contact with Jerry Nicholas, who was inside the home during the officers' visit. Police said in the report that the father also appeared disoriented.
In the report, Jerry Nicholas told police they had been living there for a month at that time and the house was messy because he and his wife were on disability.
It was at that time police arrested the parents and booked them on multiple counts of child neglect.
Police, in the report, also found that both parents had prior arrests for child neglect and were on probation at that time.
"From the outside you would never think anything, and then to think those kind of conditions that five children were living in this neighborhood," said Michael Golden, who lives in this neighborhood. "It's disturbing."
"Given the situation they were dealing with, I kind of don't blame them," said Matt Lopez who also lives in this neighborhood. "It's not right. Something should have been done with those parents early on."
The children during the 2011 arrests were placed in Child Protective Services custody. The juveniles were sent to Child Haven.
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