Sheriff's Office News Releases
Parents Arrested for Child Neglect
Osceola County, Florida – Today at approximately 3:09 p.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies and Osceola County Fire Rescue responded to a residence on Nancy Court in reference to a residential fire. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with a neighbor who indicated she was driving by the residence and observed smoke coming from inside and two small children near the front door. She motioned for the children to come to her but they went back inside to get dressed. She ran into the residence and brought them outside. They told her their father was on his way home from work. The children sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. their father arrived home. He indicated he left for work at noon and the children were in the care of their mother, but she had to go to work and he was unable to get home before she left. Their mother returned home at approximately 6:15 p.m.
According to the children, this was not the first time the parents have left them home alone. They told deputies they were playing with a lighter, lit a cup on fire and placed it in a drawer.
Based on the information, both parents, Jonathan Lopez-Banos and Rosmarie Medina-Arroyo were arrested and charged with child neglect. The children, ages 6 and 8 were placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.
- Jonathan Lopez-Banos (DOB 5/5/86), Nancy Court Poinciana
- Rosmarie Medina-Arroyo (DOB 10/4/80) Nancy Court, Poinciana