Children found in 'deplorable conditions' in Bradenton tattoo shop

Posted by JASON BARTOLONE on May 9, 2014 

— Two children were found in "deplorable conditions" inside a Bradenton tattoo shop, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office reports.

The sheriff's office was called to conduct a welfare check on the children, ages 2 and 7, at Empire Tattoo, 5024 14th St. W, around 11:35 a.m. Friday, according to a report.

Deputies found the children had been living inside the business with their father, who left a few minutes earlier.

Authorities found "numerous used syringes and other drug paraphernalia" on the floor and strewn about "within easy reach of the children," the report states.

Rick Rowland, 39, an employee of the shop, was arrested and charged with child neglect. The children's father had left them in his care, deputies said.

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